Grand Coalition crisis: CDU’s AKK firmly rejects renegotiation of agreement

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The designated SPD leaders would like to renegotiate the coalition agreement with CDU/CSU . But CDU leader Kramp-Karrenbauer give little hope to this prospect – and demands a decision.

CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has rejected a unravelling of the coalition agreement: “There will be no renegotiation of the coalition agreement.”

The designated SPD leaders Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans surprisingly won the run-off election for party chair on Sunday. They had called for a renegotiation of the coalition agreement and referred to the so-called revision clause. The revision clause of the coalition agreement states that half way through the legislative period it will be examined whether new plans are to be agreed based on current developments.

“It’s up to the SPD to decide.”

However, Kramp-Karrenbauer rejected this view. “I don’t see any necessity,” she said. “We are nowhere near facing economic recession. The conditions therefore remain unchanged. “We stand by this coalition,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Kramp-Karrenbauer called on the SPD to decide on this issue at the party conference this weekend. “It is up to the SPD to decide whether it wants to continue the coalition or not.

The Greens and FDP also demanded a quick decision on how to proceed with the Grand Coalition. “This week, the SPD must clarify whether it wants to continue governing Germany”, said Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock. “You can’t govern a country with a ‘maybe’, and the SPD must make that clear now at its party conference.

“It is now important that the CDU/CSU does not let itself be blackmailed for a further expensive spending policy against all reason and at the taxpayers’ expense”, said FDP Secretary General Linda Teuteberg.

Merkel open for talks, Merz for minority government

Chancellor Angela Merkel had previously shown herself open to talks with the future SPD leadership, but rejected a renegotiation of the coalition agreement. “A renegotiation of the coalition agreement is not on the agenda”, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Speculations about a premature end to the Grand Coalition are apparently causing a great deal of unrest within the SPD. The provisional SPD leader, Malu Dreyer, tried to calm the situation: “I think we should calm down a little, and we should simply take note that the party has elected a new leadership, that’s the point.”

CDU politician Friedrich Merz pleaded for a minority government in the event of a break in the coalition. “The federal budget is confirmed so that a minority government could govern in 2020,” he commented.

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