German coalition under strain as SPD leader falls from grace

11 February, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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SPD party members still smarting over his decision to renew the loveless "grand coalition" despite initially pledging to take the SPD into opposition.

"I hereby renounce joining the federal government and at the same time implore that this should be an end to debates about personalities", Schulz said in a statement.

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) chairman Martin Schulz announced on Friday that he would not pursue ministerial post in the next German government, including the foreign minister. The far-right party campaigned on an anti-immigration, anti-Muslim message during the election - and clinched its role as the third-largest party in parliament by winning 94 seats.

Under the terms of the deal struck between Merkel and Schulz earlier this week, the SPD will keep the foreign ministry it held in the last government and also take over the finance ministry from the CDU. Its results will be announced on March 4.

If a deal emerges, it won't bring an immediate end to the political limbo following Germany's September 24 election. Schulz had suggested his successor should be parliamentary group chief Andrea Nahles, according to German media.


"The way in which Schulz left could make it hard to quickly focus on the party's achievements in the coalition talks", Carsten Nickel, a Brussels-based analyst at Teneo Intelligence, said in an e-mail response to questions.

Asked if Sigmar Gabriel would remain foreign minister, she said party leaders would soon decide on a way forward, but their primary focus now was securing a "yes" vote from rank and file.

But in the end it appears it was the party leadership's fears that the row over Mr Schulz could lose them the vote on the coalition deal that finished him off. Michael Groschek, the head of the party's biggest regional association, is said to have been given the task of telling Mr Schulz he had to go.

Merkel, 63, who long seemed immune to criticism from within her own ranks, came under fire this week after agreeing to have just six ministers in the cabinet - the same number as the SPD, which won fewer votes in the election.

The agreement promises an unusual half-time review after two years, when the parties will reassess the coalition - already being seen as a possible opportunity for Ms. Merkel finally to step down.

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