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Germany: Seehofer prepared to ‘do anything’ for grand coalition03:25

Germany: Seehofer prepared to ‘do anything’ for grand coalition

Germany, Traunstein, Bavaria
January 4, 2018 at 16:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Members of the Christian Social Union (CSU) started their annual winter retreat in Bavaria’s Kloster Seeon monastery on Thursday, and appeared to tighten their demands on a possible grand coalition relaunch.

Seehofer said the CSU was in the middle of consultations with the Social Democratic Party (SPD), adding that, he “will do everything to make this coalition come about,” but warned Martin Schulz’s faction not to ‘overreach’ in their demands.

CSU Bundestag chairman Alexander Dobrindt echoed that sentiment, stating that the CSU wanted a coalition with “an SPD that can spell a modernisation of our country,” and that concessions are to be expected from Schulz.

The Kloster Seeon retreat is expected to last until Saturday, ahead of grand coalition talks that are due to begin in Berlin on Sunday.

Since the general election, the so-called Jamaica coalition talks collapsed and Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far been unable to persuade the SPD to enter into another grand coalition. The growing political instability has raised the possibility of fresh elections and further gains made by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Germany: Seehofer prepared to ‘do anything’ for grand coalition03:25
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Members of the Christian Social Union (CSU) started their annual winter retreat in Bavaria’s Kloster Seeon monastery on Thursday, and appeared to tighten their demands on a possible grand coalition relaunch.

Seehofer said the CSU was in the middle of consultations with the Social Democratic Party (SPD), adding that, he “will do everything to make this coalition come about,” but warned Martin Schulz’s faction not to ‘overreach’ in their demands.

CSU Bundestag chairman Alexander Dobrindt echoed that sentiment, stating that the CSU wanted a coalition with “an SPD that can spell a modernisation of our country,” and that concessions are to be expected from Schulz.

The Kloster Seeon retreat is expected to last until Saturday, ahead of grand coalition talks that are due to begin in Berlin on Sunday.

Since the general election, the so-called Jamaica coalition talks collapsed and Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far been unable to persuade the SPD to enter into another grand coalition. The growing political instability has raised the possibility of fresh elections and further gains made by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

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