Some German Social Democrats question rejection of grand coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group at the Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

A group of Social Democrat (SPD) deputies is questioning their party’s rejection of a renewed ‘grand coalition’ with Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s conservatives, to resolve Germany’s worst political crisis of modern times, according to “Bild” newspaper.

SPD leader, Martin Schulz, wants the party to go into opposition after September polls that brought support to its lowest level since foundation of the modern Federal Republic, in 1949. The uncertainty has raised concern across Europe at a time when the EU faces complex political and econonomic problems.

But consensus within the party appears to be crumbling with roughly a fifth of 153 SPD lawmakers expressing doubts about the decision at a meeting of the parliamentary group, the mass-circulation “Bild” newspaper reported.

Samira SALAH


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