The talks about a new broad coalition in Germany with the Social Democrats (SPD) may not start before the new year, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel. This may prolong uncertainty in the largest economy in Europe.
The coalition talks of Merkel with pro-Communist Free Democrats and Greens failed, but she received a political rescue rout from the Social Democrats on Friday.
Under the strong pressure to maintain stability and avoid new elections, the SPD gave up its promise to be in opposition and agreed to discuss support for the Merkel government. Thus, the party has increased the likelihood of continuing the broad coalition it has ruled over the past four years, or a minority government.
Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), however, said that talks may not begin until the end of the year, three months after the parliamentary elections in which the two biggest parties suffered serious losses.
In the 12 years of Merkel’s rule, the smaller coalition partners did not win the voters because of their presence in the government, and many of the Social Democrats did not want to repeat the experiment. The SPD leader Martin Schulz vowed party members to vote on every deal that Merkel has reached. Many members are defending a looser agreement where Social Democrats will agree to tolerate Merkel’s minority government by supporting or at least agreeing not to vote against certain measures.
A poll ofshows that 48% of SPD members support the toleration of a less stable government, and only 36% want a new broad coalition.
After the failure of the talks with the Free Democrats and the Greens SPD, Merkel’s last chance was to get a fourth term as Chancellor. Most experts say this gives the Social Democrats more influence on election losses.