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Strategies for a Grand Coalition

Germany
25.01.2018
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German Social Democrat leaders meet amid coalition deal divisions
With formal negotiations imminent on forming a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are meeting on Thursday to plan their strategy for the tough talks ahead.
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Berlin (dpa) - The SPD is deeply divided over joining another grand coalition. Its leadership is struggling both to contain a move to block any coalition deal by the party‘s youth wing and to save the party from any further loss in support after a dismal general election result.
SPD leaders and its negotiating team are meeting at their headquarters to hash out a plan for the coming formal talks with the conservative CDU/CSU bloc.

A start date for formal coalition talks has not yet been announced, four months after September‘s inconclusive poll, but observers expect the talks to get under way on Friday.

Left-leaning SPD members and the Jusos youth wing are angered by what they deem to be too many concessions in an earlier blueprint for the coalition.

SPD leaders and its negotiating team are meeting at their headquarters to hash out a plan for the coming formal talks with the conservative CDU/CSU bloc.

The policy focus is currently on three main areas where the SPD want changes to the draft coalition document: health insurance, family reunions for refugees and reforms to the labour market regarding short-term contracts.

 

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