MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) is ready for coalition talks following the falter of the so-called Jamaica coalition talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) alliance, the Free Democratic Party and The Greens, the Die Welt newspaper reported Friday citing party's leadership.
Martin Schulz, the leader of German social democrats, has later confirmed the media reports in a tweet, saying, that "the president called on the parties to hold talks. We [SPD] will not refuse. If they in any way lead to us taking part in forming a government, this issue will be put up for vote among SPD members."
Previously, Schulz repeatedly ruled out the participation of his party in a government led by Angela Merkel as the junior coalition partner and reiterated his willingness to hold snap elections. However, the political chaos in the country seems to have forced Schulz to reconsider his stance on the matter.
Schulz has pushed SPD into a lose-lose situation. Either they say yes to the hated #GroKo with Merkel or they'll be seen dragging #Germany towards a hated new election. Good luck. pic.twitter.com/JUex5ONi71— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) November 23, 2017
The news comes after the leader of the FDP Christian Lindner announced that his party had withdrawn from the the talks on the formation of the coalition government. Given the refusal of the SPD to enter the so-called grand coalition with Merkel’s union and the fact that no party is willing to cooperate with the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), the third most powerful party in the parliament, the only remaining options for the CDU/CSU are either a minority government with The Greens or a new election.
As for the other options, ex-President of the Bundestag from the SPD Wolfgang Thierse and the chair of SPD's Basic Values Commission Gesine Schwan suggested to SPD head Martin Schulz and SPD faction head Andrea Nahles the formation of a government with The Greens and Merkel's bloc, the so-called "Kenya" coalition, according to a letter published by the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.