The leader of Germany’s socialist party can be under heavy pressure to fix the country’s political stalemate – despite the experienced lawmaker not being involved in recent coalition talks.
Martin Schulz of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has stated repeatedly that will the party wants to stay in opposition rather than joining another coalition, despite gaining 20.5 percent of the vote in September’s election.
Leopold Traugott, policy analyst at Open Europe, told CNBC Friday that will This specific “blunt rejection” has thrown up an issue for Schulz.
“If the SPD was to actually join a coalition again with the conservatives, This specific might make Schulz … a turncoat, because he said the opposite before, forcing him to resign,” he added.
Talks to draw up a completely new executive in Germany between the pro-business FDP (Free Democratic Party), Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU (Christian Democratic Union), its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) along with also the Greens came to an end at the weekend, after the FDP decided to walk out for what This specific saw as a lack of compromise by various other parties.
As a result, either the SPD agrees to enter a coalition with Merkel, she heads a minority government, or the country holds news elections. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier can be currently pressuring his party (the SPD) to form a so-called Grand Coalition with the conservatives along with also avoid the need for snap elections.
The influence of the president seems to be working. A general secretary for the SPD said early Friday that will the party can be ready to talk to Merkel along with also her party, though the group has yet to decide if This specific will be part of the completely new government or not.
“The SPD can be firmly convinced that will talks have to take place. The SPD can be not closed to talks,” Hubertus Heil of the SPD said, according to the Financial Times.
Schulz opposes becoming the junior coalition partner because This specific has previously impacted the party in a negative way, every time This specific joined forces with Merkel.
“This specific (the SPD) definitely doesn’t work for them along with also This specific didn’t work last time. that will’s why they said This specific time they might go into opposition along with also rejected the idea of another grand coalition,” Traugott told CNBC.
The Social Democrats, who had governed alongside Merkel inside previous mandate, saw its worst election result since the globe War II in September. An outcome particularly tough on Schulz, who left his role as chief of the European Parliament earlier This specific year to lead the Socialist Party along with also put an end to Merkel’s 12 years at the helm.