The leader of the German Social Democrat Party Martin Schulz, Berlin, 20 November 2017
The pressure is mounting around the boss of the German Social Democrats Martin Schulz to accept an alliance with Angela Merkel in a new government to get Germany out of a serious political crisis, reports Wednesday the German press.
The boss of the SPD, since his humiliating defeat in the legislative elections of September 24, has repeatedly signaled his refusal to renew the outgoing coalition with the CDU of Mrs. Merkel, preferring a cure of opposition to rebuild.
But after Sunday’s failure of negotiations between the CDU, the Greens and the Liberals to form a government, and facing the threat of early elections, Martin Schulz’s refusal has become more controversial.
„Schulz’s refusal to participate in a government confuses the SPD“, headlines the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung (center left), „the skepticism within the parliamentary group and the leadership of the party: with its strict refusal, the leader SPD went too far. “
Because in the event of early elections, some elected officials fear being punished by voters for prolonging the political crisis. Schulz argues that his failure in the parliamentary elections in September and the mediocre CDU show that the Germans do not want a new „grand coalition“.
The German Parliament
„The resistance to Martin Schulz is gaining ground at the SPD,“ notes the popular daily Bild, the most read in Germany. According to the newspaper, some 30 deputies question the strategy of their boss.
The German head of state, Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who wants to avoid early elections, will receive Schulz on Thursday and should try to convince him to go negotiate with Merkel.
„We are in a new situation,“ insisted Johannes Kahrs, a leader of the right wing of the SPD, in the regional newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, „we can not say to the president: + vlan, it’s over + „.
Steinmeier is currently touring parties likely to participate in a coalition under the aegis of the chancellor in power for twelve years.
Claudia Roth, one of the Greens figures, also encouraged the head of state to „get the SPD to move.“