German Coalition Odds Improve, SPD Predicts 60% to Vote 'Yes'

Angela Merkel admits there ARE 'no-go areas' in Germany

Wendt demanded German politicians get to grips with crime levels to tackle "police-free zones in Germany".

But don't underestimate baby-faced political science student Kevin Kuehnert based on his appearance.

They thrashed out a coalition agreement which SPD leaders hailed for its commitments to strengthening the European Union and giving them some key government roles Merkel could be sworn in as Chancellor by mid-March. Party leaders were due to announce the result later on Sunday morning. All of the SPD's more than 460,000 members were eligible to vote.

It will be the third "grand coalition" between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats since 2005 and will grant Merkel a fourth consecutive term as the chancellor.

Latest polls show that the SPD's support has further plunged, reaching as low as 16% - on par with the far-right AfD, whose anti-immigration campaign platform captured the votes of Germans unsettled by the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers since 2015.

Merkel's conservatives entered into coalition talks with the SPD this year after talks with two smaller parties on a three-way tie-up collapsed in November. Or Germany will have to hold new elections — and whether she'd run again isn't completely certain.

However, he added: 'The new government could be more important for Europe than for the domestic economy as without this agreement it would have been hard, if not impossible, to get any meaningful reform done in the coming months.

But for Kuehnert, there's no other way. "With it, after the conservatives, Social Democrats have declared that they'll willing to accept responsibility for the country in a joint government".

While 43 percent said that the party has "the right policies to solve the most important problems facing the country, 58 percent believe that its leadership is unfit for government, 64 percent believe that the party is not credible and 78 percent said that the party is not united".

He said the FDP would examine legislative proposals on a case-by-case basis if Merkel was forced to form a minority government, but added: "Such a government would probably only last a few months".

For Kuehnert, those issues are the core of Social Democratic politics, things like affordable housing in big cities, improved health insurance, and equal pay for men and women.

In a poll published this week, 63 percent of SPD members said they were in favour of the coalition - a wider margin than among SPD supporters (56 percent).

German's Social Democratic Party (SPD) was presented with hotchpotch results in last Thursdays polling results conducted by DeutschlandTrend.

Counting began on Saturday in Berlin to see if members of Germany's SPD had approved a decision to join a coalition government led by the German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Now the entire membership is voting by mail on whether to approve the deal that the two sides worked out. "Somebody is going to lose this vote".



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