The German social democrats will allow Merkel's coalition a chance

German SPD has embarked on a three day long congress where the governing coalition, among others to be discussed. The German social democrats, SPD, are ready

The German social democrats will allow Merkel's coalition a chance

German SPD has embarked on a three day long congress where the governing coalition, among others to be discussed.

The German social democrats, SPD, are ready to give the ruling coalition with chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a chance.

It says the party's top Friday at the beginning of a three days long congress.

SPD selected Saturday in the last week a new leadership consisting of the duo of Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken. They have been critical of the coalition with Merkel's conservative party, the CDU.

By partikongressen in Berlin expected the SPD to vote on a number of requirements, which must be made to Merkel's party.

It will include a major effort to protect the climate, a rise in the minimum wage and investments in infrastructure.

- I was, and I'm skeptical about the future of the coalition. But with these measures we are giving the coalition a realistic chance to continue - neither more nor less, says Saskia Esken.

The new SPD-duo is expected to be officially endorsed as the party's leadership in the course of partikongressen in Berlin.

The two got entry via a victory over Germany's current finance minister and vice-chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and his mate, græsrodspolitikeren Klara Geywitz.

the 58-year-old Saskia Esken come from the southern state of Baden-Württemberg, is elected to the bundestag in Berlin.

Norbert Walter-Borjans, who is 67 years old, is the former minister of finance in the state of north Rhine-Westphalia. Here he is known as "the taxpayers ' Robin Hood', because he swooped down on the skatteunddragere with bank accounts in Switzerland.

Esken and Walter-Borjans is a big task to get pulled voters back to the party.

In a poll from Thursday is the party for just 13 percent of the vote.

It is fewer votes than the CDU, particular The Green and the right-wing Alternative für Deutschland.

/ritzau/Reuters

Updated Date: 06 December 2019, 15:00

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