The SPD wants to negotiate over fixed-term contracts, refugee family reunion and Germany’s two-tier health care systems in upcoming talks. Without progress, a new government could be in jeopardy.
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday voted to begin coalition talks with Angela Merkel ‘s conservatives in a bid to end the country’s political limbo following September 24 elections.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz that Vienna’s resistance to sharing out refugees across the bloc was “wrong”.
Sebastian Kurz is in Berlin to convince Angela Merkel that he’s pro-European. But the German leader also needs Austria’s rising star, who has the ear of Eastern Europe’s populists.
While SPD leader Martin Schulz continues to promote the new edition of a grand coalition after a deal was reached with Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives on Friday, opposition against it is growing.
Austria’s new interior minister sparked controversy by saying that his government wants to “concentrate” asylum-seekers, employing a word widely associated with Nazi camps.
A coalition with Angela Merkel’s conservatives? No thanks! That’s how the regional SPD conference in Saxony-Anhalt voted, against its own leaders.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives reached a breakthrough deal Friday with Germany’s second biggest party toward building a new coalition government that would give Europe a “fresh start”.
Germany inched toward a new government on Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel and the center-left Social Democrats agreed to move ahead with formal talks to build a coalition.
The three parties were hoping for a breakthrough by Friday to avoid a conservative minority government or fresh parliamentary elections.