BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) should involve rank-and-file members in a decision on whether to remain in the governing coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, the center-left party’s most senior minister said.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who made the comments in extracts from an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel, stopped short of explicitly advocating a membership ballot on the issue, however.
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The coalition has been under strain almost since it was laboriously patched together last autumn, and calls from within the SPD for the party to pull out have grown louder since its disastrous showing this spring in European Parliament and regional elections.
If Scholz’s proposal is adopted, the membership could have the chance to use a planned half-time review to end the government.
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