[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

segunda-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2017

Schulz calls for ‘United States of Europe’ as SPD agrees talks with Merkel

The chairman of the SPD, Martin Schulz, speaks after his reelection as chairman of the SPD during the party convention of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), in Berlin, Germany, 07 December 2017.
[EPA-EFE / Clemens Bilan]


The centre-left SPD approved “open-ended” talks expected to start next week that could lead to either a new right-left “grand coalition”, the toleration of a Merkel minority government or, if negotiations fail, new elections.

Ten weeks after inconclusive elections left German politics in a stalemate, SPD chief Martin Schulz had pleaded with his party to give him the green light for such talks, promising to push key demands from improving social welfare to strengthening the European Union.

“We don’t have to govern at any price, but we must not reject governing at all costs either,” Schulz told the Berlin congress of 600 delegates, many of whom loathe the idea of once more governing in Merkel’s shadow as the SPD has for the past four years.
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Germany's SPD to move on talks to form new Merkel government

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats meet from Thursday (7 December) to decide on whether to help Chancellor Angela Merkel end a months-long political stalemate in Europe’s biggest economy.
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Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, vowed to extract a high price if the SPD supports Merkel for a fourth term from early 2018 at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy.

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