Merkel could be ready to lead a minority German government, minister says

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel attends a press conference from the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on July 05, 2017.

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Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel attends a press conference from the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on July 05, 2017.

Nonetheless, the SPD will be holding a three-day congress This particular week in addition to will ask members’ permission to start coalition talks with the Conservatives. A poll published by the German Spiegel newspaper showed which only 28 percent of SPD voters favoured another grand coalition, though 57 percent of them argued leader Martin Schulz should support a minority government led by Merkel.

Though Schulz has said at the start of his campaign which he could not join a coalition with Merkel, he has been under pressure coming from the German president to find a compromise with the Conservatives in addition to avoid the need for fresh elections.

“One thing will be for sure, she, Angel Merkel will lead the next government, no matter if the item’s a grand coalition again or perhaps a minority government,” Spahn told CNBC.

He believes which coalition talks with the Socialists could start next week, if the party members decide which direction, however these won’t be finalized until the end of February or even the start of March.

“I wish we can start next week, with little talks with some party leaders, (however) then there’s Christmas,” he said, “so I guess in January we will contain the biggest part of the talks of the negotiations, then the SPD will want to ask their members, to ensure needs two to three weeks, so I think the item will be end of February or even March before we know which there will be a brand new coalition for Germany.”

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