The Arguments For and Against Another Grand Coalition in Germany


But Schulz has insisted that it would benefit citizens, saying "The exploratory talks created a framework for what is possible and what isn't". He told the meeting that Macron backed a new German grand coalition and had said he feared that the extreme right could come to power in Germany if its government did not work with France in support of Europe.

That's also good news for the EU's remaining member states that can now expect a stable German government that's keen to play a leading role in relaunching the European project.

The Left Party is also opposed to new elections, as demanded by the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), in order to fight for a socialist alternative to the grand coalition. As the overall results of last September's elections demonstrate, Germany is no exception, particularly when it comes to the left. But this weekend, the 28-year-old political novice could become the man who ends the career of Angela Merkel.

Supporters of the Social democratic SPD party celebrate after snap elections in Lower Saxony in October. The reality, however, has caught up with Schulz. "Of course, we are afraid that social democracy will virtually disappear".

The decision, which was made after confrontational and emotional debates among delegates, cleared the way to form a renewed Grand Coalition between the SPD and the Union nearly four months after the federal elections in which both of the two blocs suffered the worst turnovers since 1949.

"When Merkel calls it quits, a new game will begin", it said in an editorial. Perhaps more importantly, he never really tried to present and argue for a coherent narrative about what kind of Germany he and his party stand for.

He also proposed a common bank but it remains unclear how it would be established.

Schulz on Sunday vowed to extract more concessions in the formal coalition talks. Instead, he has sought to defend his sudden new support by referring to the failure of the Jamaica talks, the pressure of President Steinmeier and the global responsibility Germany has - all factors external to the SPD.

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However, if the party votes to end the talks and to abort the coalition on Sunday, Seehofer believes "it will be a political catastrophe for our country". "We will talk to conservatives in the coming days and agree on a time frame". They call for a more substantial change and visibly differing visions for the future of Germany. For her turn, the German chancellor asked more act "to better build a Europe able to overcome the challenges".

Sunday's breakthrough is likely to be welcomed in capitals across Europe, eager to see an end to a political impasse in a pivotal member state that has left key European Union policy decisions on hold. "For me this is borderline suicide, particularly for the younger generation". If Mr Kühnert wins, it will plunge Germany into political chaos.

"I see nothing in this agreement that comprises important social democratic politics", he says.

"We will negotiate until the other side squeals", the party's parliamentary leader, Andrea Nahles, said in the most impassioned of the speeches at the congress in Bonn, imploring delegates to vote "yes".

However, the "yes" vote on Sunday means that Schulz will push on with talks to form a grand coalition. Yet the outcome of the vote is less than certain.

"If the parties do not succeed in forming a government with the majorities in the Bundestag, then voters will punish them", he told the magazine.

Without a government, Germany can only tread political water.

Julian Göpffarth is a PhD Student at the LSE European Institute working on new right nationalism, ideology & philosophy.


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