The 61-year-old has been in the spotlight since talks to form a coalition between the chancellor’s conservative alliance, the pro-business Free Democrats and the Greens collapsed last month, plunging Germany into political uncertainty. After the election Schulz and other senior SPD officials were vehement that going into opposition was the only way to reconstruct his battered party. Over the next few days he will attempt to embolden members with a four-page manifesto of demands the SPD would take with it into any coalition talks. SPD members will also be asked to examine the possibilities of tolerating a minority conservative government or even opting for new elections – the least popular choice among the German public, according to polls. The same appeal has come from Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a longtime party member, who encouraged Schulz to steer the party in the direction of government.
Source: The Guardian December 07, 2017 04:52 UTC