Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Germania. Congresso Spd vota per trattare la Große Koalition.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-12-07.

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Una Grande Germania, che domina una Grande Europa, che domina il mondo.

«Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to allow preliminary talks on whether to enter a “grand coalition” with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister Christian Social Union (CSU).»

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«About 600 members of the center-left party gathered for several hours and voted with a large majority to enter exploratory talks that could eventually end Germany’s government stalemate»

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«The CDU said it welcomed the new SPD decision»

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«The CDU will now discuss the next steps at a meeting of the federal executive committee on Sunday and Monday»

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«Right after Thursday’s vote to start talks, Schulz was re-elected as the party’s head. Schulz received 81.9 percent of the vote, down from the 100 percent he received when he was first elected party leader in March»

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Herr Martin Schulz.

«The chief of Germany’s Social Democrats pleaded with his party on Thursday to allow him to start exploratory talks on joining or backing Chancellor Angela Merkel in a government, promising to push key demands especially on strengthening the EU»

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«We don’t have to govern at any price, but we must not reject governing at all cost either»

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«He demanded Berlin join French President Emmanuel Macron and other proponents of major EU reforms in boosting the bloc and its currency union, including by raising investment and giving the eurozone a common finance minister and budget.»

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«In his more than hour-long speech, Schulz made a passionate call for a “United States of Europe” by 2025, which will mark the 100th anniversary of an SPD meeting that first proposed such a federal union.»

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«Europe is our life insurance»

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«Schulz said only a more united EU could meet major challenges such as combating climate change, managing mass migration or stopping multinational companies from dodging taxes»

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«He argued that only a strong EU would stop the advance of right-wing nationalists, citing gains they had made in Germany as well as Austria, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands»

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Frau Merkel.

«She said she wanted to help “crisis-proof” the union but said her goal for 2025 was not a federation but better cooperation in fields such as defence, foreign and development policy, education and research and development.»

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«The more outspoken Alexander Dobrindt of Merkel’s Bavarian allies the CSU, called Schulz a crusading “Europe radical” who wanted to abolish national states within the next seven years, while the Greens labelled the target date “arbitrary”»

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In estrema sintesi.

– Stati Uniti di Europa entro il 2025.

– to abolish national states within the next seven years.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-12-07. SPD open to grand coalition talks, re-elects Schulz as party chair

Germany’s SPD party has voted to enter into talks that could lead to the formation of a new government coalition. Just over 80 percent of members have also voted to keep Martin Schulz as party chairman.

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Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to allow preliminary talks on whether to enter a “grand coalition” with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister Christian Social Union (CSU).

About 600 members of the center-left party gathered for several hours and voted with a large majority to enter exploratory talks that could eventually end Germany’s government stalemate.

The SPD motion said the “open-ended” talks will start next week and would lead to three options: a new grand coalition; the acceptance of a Merkel minority government or, if negotiations fail, new elections.

After an extremely disappointing result in September’s election, SPD leader Martin Schulz ruled out forming a grand coalition, even sticking to his guns for some time when the so-called Jamaica coalition talks collapsed, raising the specter of a minority government. 

CDU welcomes decision

The CDU said it welcomed the new SPD decision. “The aim of the CDU/CSU is to form a reliable and stable government for our country,” CDU federal manager Klaus Schüler said. “The CDU will now discuss the next steps at a meeting of the federal executive committee on Sunday and Monday.”

Senior CSU parliamentarian Alexander Dobrindt made light of the new position, saying that the SPD had finally stopped sulking.

“It will be tough negotiations, but it is clear that Germany needs a stable government,” CSU Secretary General Andreas Scheue said.

SPD delegates delivered a series of impassioned speeches against teaming up with Merkel again and criticizing Schulz’s leadership. A motion to rule-out talks with the CDU and CSU failed to pass.

Schulz kept as leader

Right after Thursday’s vote to start talks, Schulz was re-elected as the party’s head. Schulz received 81.9 percent of the vote, down from the 100 percent he received when he was first elected party leader in March.

Schulz’s predecessor Sigmar Gabriel congratulated him in a post on Twitter.

“Convincing speech, convincing party congress and now a really convincing result! Especially in light of the difficult situation. Congratulations,” Gabriel wrote.

Schulz thanked the SPD for the votes in a statement on Twitter. “Thank you for your trust, thank you for my re-election as party chairman. Let us now work together to renew the SPD, make Germany more just and relaunch Europe,” he wrote.

Earlier Thursday Schulz made waves with a call to establish a “United States of Europe” by 2025


Afp. 2017-12-07. Germany’s Schulz asks SPD to approve Merkel govt talks

The chief of Germany’s Social Democrats pleaded with his party on Thursday to allow him to start exploratory talks on joining or backing Chancellor Angela Merkel in a government, promising to push key demands especially on strengthening the EU.

Ten weeks after inconclusive elections left German politics in a stalemate, Martin Schulz urged his divided centre-left SPD to vote in favour of launching open-ended talks that could lead them to join Merkel in another “grand coalition” or tolerate a minority government.

“We don’t have to govern at any price, but we must not reject governing at all cost either,” Schulz told a Berlin congress of 600 delegates, many of whom loathe the idea of once more governing in Merkel’s shadow as the SPD has for the past four years.

Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, vowed to extract a high price if the SPD supports Merkel for a fourth term from early 2018 at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy.

He demanded Berlin join French President Emmanuel Macron and other proponents of major EU reforms in boosting the bloc and its currency union, including by raising investment and giving the eurozone a common finance minister and budget.

– ‘US of Europe’ –

In his more than hour-long speech, Schulz made a passionate call for a “United States of Europe” by 2025, which will mark the 100th anniversary of an SPD meeting that first proposed such a federal union.

“Europe is our life insurance,” said Schulz. “It is the only chance we have to keep up with the other great regions of the world.”

Schulz said only a more united EU could meet major challenges such as combating climate change, managing mass migration or stopping multinational companies from dodging taxes.

He argued that only a strong EU would stop the advance of right-wing nationalists, citing gains they had made in Germany as well as Austria, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands.

“If we don’t change course, if we don’t strengthen Europe in very practical and concrete ways, then these forces will win,” he warned, condemning the “right-wing radicals and pitiful German nationalists” of the far-right AfD party.

Merkel, asked about the “US of Europe” proposal at a press conference, gave a cautious reply.

She said she wanted to help “crisis-proof” the union but said her goal for 2025 was not a federation but better cooperation in fields such as defence, foreign and development policy, education and research and development.

The more outspoken Alexander Dobrindt of Merkel’s Bavarian allies the CSU, called Schulz a crusading “Europe radical” who wanted to abolish national states within the next seven years, while the Greens labelled the target date “arbitrary”.

– ‘Crisis of trust’ –

For Schulz, a willingness to sound out a power pact with Merkel represents a U-turn after he repeatedly vowed to go into opposition following his party’s dismal showing in the September 24 elections.

Schulz only relented after Merkel’s talks with two smaller parties collapsed just over two weeks ago, sparking heightened political uncertainty.

At the start of the three-day congress, Schulz faced some fierce opposition from the party’s youth wing, which bitterly rejects the humiliating option of the SPD again playing second fiddle in a grand coalition.

Their leader, Kevin Kuehnert, warned that, after four election defeats in a row, joining another grand coalition would threaten the very existence of the party, and that the leadership’s backflip had sparked “a deep crisis of trust” at the base.

Schulz became the SPD’s top candidate a year ago but, after an initial surge in support, led the party to its worst showing since World War II, scoring just under 21 percent.

Schulz apologised for the poor result but said he could not “turn back the clock”, vowing to drive a rejuvenation of the SPD so “we can do a better job”.

Whatever the outcome of any eventual talks with Merkel, it will have to satisfy the sceptical SPD party base whose members will ultimately vote to approve or scrap any coalition agreement.

 

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