Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out major renegotiations of the exploratory results with the SPD.
The Union had already made “bitter concessions,” the CDU chairwoman said on Wednesday in Berlin with a view to corresponding wishes in the SPD. The cornerstones are no longer negotiable. It is only possible to spell out points.
SPD leader Martin Schulz still sees room for negotiation. “Key points are not renegotiated, but content,” he said in the Bavarian Irsee. In coalition negotiations, “one or the other will certainly come along.” “One should not give the impression that we are already at the end of the road,” he said that evening to the SPD state party council in Mainz. «We have now explored, have found it worthwhile to continue to negotiate with each other. I hope we can get a majority for it. ”
On Sunday, at a party conference in Bonn, 600 delegates and the SPD executive committee will vote on whether there will be coalition negotiations with the CDU and CSU. Merkel said she hopes for “a responsible decision” by the Social Democrats. Critics from the ranks of the SPD regard the exploratory results of the Union and the SPD as inadequate and wish for “improvements”, for example in tax policy or in the healthcare system. But many also have fundamental doubts about a renewed grand coalition.