Angela Merkel aims to coax SDP back into the government

After the collapse in recent government negotiations, German conservative party CDU is now hoping to convince social democrat Martin Schulz – who is currently at heads with the Siemens CEO – to enter into a renewed coalition.

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Two months after the general election, Germany has still not formed a government. One week ago, negotiations collapsed for a coalition between CDU, the Greens and the liberal party FDP. It now seems that that there is a hope for a new constellation. However, new is a relative term, as conservative party CDU/CSU is now negotiating with the social democratic party SPD to renew the major coalition which has run the country since 2013.

After a setback of around one fifth to 20.5 percent of the votes, SPD had rejected to continue this partnership after the election. But last Friday, head of the party, Martin Schulz, announced that the constituency would vote for a potential participation in the government, and after extensive negotiations with CDU Sunday, this option is not ruled out.

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