Germany’s SPD to Begin Coalition Negotiations with Merkel

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz. Photo: Photo by Adam Berry/EU/AFP-Service
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz. Photo: Photo by Adam Berry/EU/AFP-Service

The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to begin coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union(CDU).

Germany has been going through a political deadlock ever since the September national election last year.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party CDU won the election but couldn’t win enough seats in the parliament to form a government.

The result came as a shock for Angela Merkel as her party had its worst result in years in the 2017 national election.

CDU won 246 seats in the Bundestag while the SPD, also had its worst result in years, won 153 seats in the parliament.

Both of the major party lost seats in the parliament than the previous election.

The rise of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) scared the major political parties including CDU and SPD.

The AfD won 94 seats in Bundestag, an unprecedented success for the right-wing party turned into the third biggest political party of Germany.

If SPD’s coalition negotiation breakthrough leads them to form a coalition government, the AfD will turn into the main opposition party of Germany.

SPD has been in a coalition government with Angela Merkel’s CDU for 12 years. But the SPD leader Martin Schulz vowed not to get into another term of a coalition government with CDU after the party’s poor performance in the election.


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