Germany's SPD to join talks on resolving impasse

2017-11-24 19:08
The leader of the German Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, on his way to a news conference. (John MacDougall, AFP)

The leader of the German Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, on his way to a news conference. (John MacDougall, AFP)

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Berlin - The head of Germany's Social Democrats says his party will join talks on breaking the impasse that has prevented a new government from being formed since September.

Martin Schulz told reporters in Berlin on Friday that his center-left party is willing to meet other parties to discuss "very openly what contribution the SPD can make to forming a new government".

The move marks a U-turn for Schulz, who had previously ruled out any participation in a future government after he lost to Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc in the September 24 vote.

Schulz said the party was moved to reconsider following a meeting with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday.

Steinmeier called all mainstream parties for talks after Merkel failed to form a coalition with the Greens and Free Democrats.

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