Germany: SPD's Schulz denies green light for CDU-SPD «Grand Coalition»

Leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz affirmed that reports about an alleged green light for a Grand Coalition between the SPD and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was «completely wrong,» during a press conference at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Friday. «I can confidently deny the news about an alleged green light for the Grand... Еще Coalition. This claim is completely wrong. I spoke with Frau Merkel on the phone regarding the fact that this claim came from sources within the CDU and I told her that this is unacceptable», explained Schulz. However, Schulz affirmed that, after a “confidential” meeting with Merkel and the Bavarian CSU leader Horst Seehofer on Thursday evening, “there was a broad consensus not to exclude any option in order to form a Government coalition». After initially expressing his wish to remain in opposition to the CDU/CSU after the collapse of the so-called 'Jamaica coalition' talks, Schulz conceded to enter discussions on forming a centrist 'Grand coalition' alongside Merkel's CDU, amidst growing pressure.

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