Germany’s SPD wants to form a minority coalition with CDU to avoid a political crisis. The chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany has asked party members to support him on forming a “grand coalition” with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
Martin Schulz made the appeal at a party gathering in Berlin Thursday to discuss talks with Merkel’s center-right bloc composed of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU).
In his address, Schulz listed center-left priorities such as equal treatment for men and women in the labor market and a relatively liberal approach to immigration, rejecting the idea of a cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country.
He also demanded a eurozone budget be approved to boost investment and growth in Europe, and a European finance minister who would curb “tax dumping.”The former European Parliament president called for a federal “United States of Europe” by 2025, and argued that countries that don’t want to sign up to a treaty establishing a federal setup should exit the European Union.
Merkel has said she is “very skeptical” about leading a minority government, which hasn’t yet been tried in post-World War II Germany, and advised the president to call for snap elections if no agreement is reached.
Some members of SPD, including the party’s youth wing, are opposed to a coalition with Merkel, leaving only a minority government, or a new election as the only options left.
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