A visibly irritated Social Democratic chairman Martin Schulz took to the podium in Berlin on Friday to deny that his party was ready to officially begin talks with conservatives toward forming a new grand coalition government.
Schulz told reporters Friday that they'd agreed to keep their discussions confidential, but that he was now prepared to discuss with his party's leadership on Monday all options, including re-forming a grand coalition. Merkel's conservative bloc and the SPD lost support in that vote, while an anti-immigrant party surged into parliament, seriously complicating the coalition arithmetic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press conference
After September's election left the veteran leader without a majority and the SPD with a historic low score, the labour party firmly rejected ruling again Merkel's shadow.
"I can clearly deny the media report about me having given the green light for grand coalition negotiations".
The SPD's top brass will then present their recommendation to party rank and file during their congress from Thursday.
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"The way for a grand coalition has been paved", Mohring told Reuters after taking part in a teleconference where Merkel had briefed the federal board of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on Thursday night's talks with Schulz and the president. French President Emmanuel Macron has offered some important ideas: a European finance minister; Eurobonds to finance a new European investment program; more emphasis on innovation; a financial transactions tax to fund increased aid to Africa, where Europe has a strategic interest in long-term development; and tax harmonization more generally, before the US triggers a global race to the bottom on taxing corporations and the rich. But for the SPD the situation isn't almost as clear.
"If necessary, we will put in a motion to rule out a grand coalition", he said.
The parties reportedly also discussed other possible options such as creating the minority government by the CDU/CSU bloc and holding new election.
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"We have a lot of options for building a government".
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