Bavaria boss supports SPD tie-up deal as pressure for coalition rises

Bavaria boss supports SPD tie-up deal as pressure for coalition rises

The CSU is the Bavarian sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected new elections and wanted to form a new government quickly, as a outcome of the failed government coalition talks with the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens. Two months after an inconclusive election that brought a far-right party into parliament, the impasse has left Merkel stranded even though she won a mandate for a fourth term.

Merkel is against going down that route because of its inherent instability, but pundits have said the conservatives and Greens could form a minority government with informal SPD support.

If Merkel can't put together a coalition, the only options would be a minority government or a new election, months after the September 24 vote.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has invited Merkel, SPD leader Martin Schulz and CSU leader Horst Seehofer for a meeting next week to discuss another "Grand Coalition".

Hubertus Heil, the party's general secretary, said: "The SDP is deeply convinced there should be discussions".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a new conference after a board meeting of her Christian Democratic Union party at the headquarters in Berlin Monday Nov. 27 2017
Bavaria boss supports SPD tie-up deal as pressure for coalition rises

"We do not have a government crisis, but Germany is in a complicated situation", Mr Schulz said.

An Emnid survey for the Bild newspaper yesterday showed that 52% of Germans were in favour of a repeat grand coalition.

With Germany's political map in flux, her aversion to governing without a parliamentary majority and the SPD's refusal to be her junior partner for a third time may both be negotiable.

His cautious language was echoed on Friday morning by SPD deputy leader Manuela Schwesig, who said that a new coalition government was no certainty.

Under intense pressure to preserve stability and avoid new elections, the SPD reversed its position and agreed to talk to Merkel, raising the prospect of a new grand coalition, which has ruled for the past four years, or a minority government.

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