German SPD to vote on coalition deal with Merkel’s bloc

Addis Ababa, February 20, 2018 (FBC) -Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party have started voting on whether to enter a new coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc.

The SPD’s 464,000 members took part in a postal ballot on Tuesday to approve a power-sharing deal with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union of Germany party (CDU) and its sister party, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU).

Germany has been in a political stalemate and without a government since elections in September last year.

Following marathon talks, Merkel renewed a “grand coalition” deal with the SPD, after making concessions on Europe and fiscal policy and giving the center-left party the finance, foreign affairs, and labor ministries.

The SPD’s leadership and many in its senior ranks want the coalition to go ahead.

Opponents to the deal blame their party’s role in a “grand coalition” from 2013 to 2017 for their worst performance since World War II in the September 24 federal elections.

If the SPD’s members reject the deal, the European powerhouse will have to hold new elections or form an unprecedented minority government.

The results of the vote, which will run until March 2, will be announced on March 4.

Source: PressTV

Posted by Amare Asrat