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    Social Demoratic Party top candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz, speaks at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 one day after the parliament elections

    German SPD Leader Demands New General Election If Merkel Fails to Form Gov't

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    As Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) suffered its worst defeat in September's parliamentary elections since the World War II, the party's leader Martin Schulz made a decision to go into opposition and focus on internal-party reforms.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Schulz said on Saturday that if the talks on forming the new country's coalition government do not succeed, a new election should take place.

    Germany held a parliamentary election on September 24. No party gained an absolute majority of votes and that's why there was a need to create a coalition with other parties in order to form the government. Since social democrats led by Martin Schulz claimed they were not available for coalition talks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) together with its junior partner from Bavaria, Christian Social Union (CSU), had no other choice as to seek alliance with the Green party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

    READ MORE: 2017 German Federal Election Results

    The young right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) ruled out the possibility of participation in the coalition negotiations since it has entered the parliament for only the first time in its four-year-long lifespan and has to gain experience during this parliamentary term, according to AfD leaders. Moreover, other parties refuse to communicate with AfD as they disagree with the right-wing party in practically every aspect of its program.

    An agreeable government formula still hasn't been found since parties, engaged in coalition talks, are torn by serious disagreements especially concerning climate policy and migration crisis in Germany. Martin Schulz reiterates the firm position of his party to refrain from negotiations. Instead, the SPD head suggests Germany could once again conduct parliamentary elections.

    READ MORE: Germany Reacts to Historic Kicking Given to Main Parties in General Election

    In his interview with the Funke media group, Schulz stressed that the responsibility for the failure to form the government would rest with the leaders of CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens, whereas he was unwilling to reconsider the possibility of another SPD parliamentary term with Merkel's party. He said he decided to prioritize reforms in his party in order to be able to win back the German chancellery in future.


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