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Germany' SPD narrowly backs coalition talks with Merkel

Germany' SPD narrowly backs coalition talks with Merkel

"More importantly, however, the GroKo (grand coalition) would probably be euro-positive because this constellation could represent the greatest degree of Germany's support for the French president's European initiative among all conceivable political constellations in Berlin".

Ahead of Sunday's vote, Mr Schulz said he opposed another election and that a stable German government was needed to strengthen Europe and as a bulwark against right-wing extremism. Put another way, the German economy has remained resilient in the face of uncertain political conditions, and economic growth has been helped rather than hindered by the previous grand coalition.

In short, a change of dynamics. During the failed talks with the liberal (per the European sense of the word, which closely fits the USA definition of "conservative") FDP and the Greens (socialists with a focus on climate change), Merkel seemed to support the liberals' point of view that a federal European Union would not be beneficial for Germany.

"The superficial answers refer to "mistakes" the two big parties may have committed".

Coalition negotiations are now expected to begin as early as this week, with Merkel calling for the talks to be wrapped up by the middle of next month. However, nothing came to fruition. "I think there will be a lot of movement in the CDU in the next four years". "Many others in the party, who are also of this opinion but were afraid to voice it, have been given a strong voice to speak out on Sunday".

The composition of parliament will look different not exclusively in terms of party makeup, but also the individual demographics of lawmakers.

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"The CDU is made up of old, rural, church-going Germans".

While she won a fourth election, making her one of the longest-serving heads of government in the democratic world, the CDU-CSU lost 65 seats in the 709-seat Bundestag, taking it down to 246 seats. "(German parliament) is becoming more male, and more people with immigrant roots".

The chances are you have never heard of Kevin Kühnert. However, in recent weeks the parties have been holding negotiations over key issues like migration, paving the way for a prospective joining. "This coalition would allow the AfD to go a bit further", he said. "The SPD knows that they will lose more voters in going this way, but they sacrifice their own wellbeing as a party to what is necessary now for Germany".

While endorsement seems likely, the proposal is so fiercely opposed by the SPD's youth wing and the party's members on the left that a No vote can not be ruled out, a scenario that would trigger another election or force Ms. Merkel into a lame-duck minority government. News agency DPA found the SPD's "handwriting" on pension reform plans, which would see a basic state-guaranteed pension plan for low-income earners - even if it doesn't include the long-term guarantee the party was hoping for. Moreover, an SPD decision not to link up with the CDU/CSU would likely usher in a lengthy period of political uncertainty in Germany and could even result in Merkel's replacement as the conservatives' leader. "There is a rise in right-wing politics, given the feelings towards the influx of migrants in the past two years".

A copy of the motion on which delegates were to vote included language on SPD leaders reaching "concrete, effective improvements" to the blueprint but did not make a final vote on the coalition deal conditional on achieving these.