German foreign minister slams likely successor for betrayal

Randolph Lopez
February 11, 2018

After weeks of talks and months of political wrangling, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally emerged with a deal to form a new governing coalition following inconclusive parliamentary polls in September that left her ruling center-right Christian Democratic Union and its partners in limbo.

'I hereby declare my decision not to join the federal government and at the same time I sincerely hope that this will end the personnel debates within the SPD, ' Mr Schulz said.

They'll also run the foreign and labor departments; current SPD leader Martin Schulz is expected to step down from his role and helm the foreign office.

Those opposed to any deal with Mrs Merkel include a new group within the SPD calling itself NoGroKo (no grand coalition). In addition to the controversy over Schulz, Merkel herself has been under fire for giving key ministries to the SPD to extend her 12-year reign over Europe's biggest economy.

CDU delegates will get their own chance to vote on the coalition deal at a party congress on February 24.

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There was no sign of an imminent end to talks between Merkel's Union bloc and the Social Democrats early Wednesday, some 21 hours into what party leaders have said should be the final round of negotiations.

The new coalition will put the far-right Alternative for Germany, the third-largest party in the German parliament, known as the Bundestag, in the opposition.

For the SPD, the backbiting went public when Gabriel, Germany's acting foreign minister, attacked the leadership for planning to remove him from his post - and implying that he'd been promised that he could continue as the country's top diplomat.

"What's left is regret at how little respect there is in the SPD in our dealings with one another, and how little someone's word counts for", Mr Gabriel told German television in an outspoken attack on his former friend. Its results will be announced on March 4. Paul Ziemiak, leader of the bloc's youth wing, called for a broad discussion about the longer-term future of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its leadership.

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