German Chancellor Receives Turkish Prime Minister Next Thursday in Berlin

German Chancellor Receives Turkish Prime Minister Next Thursday in Berlin

German Chancellor Receives Turkish Prime Minister Next Thursday in Berlin

If SPD members say no, a grand coalition will be dead.

The German chancellor insists her hand remains firm on power as the country's new coalition cabinet shapes up.

The Social Democrats last week reached a coalition government deal with Merkel's bloc that is widely viewed as favorable to the party.

Volker Bouffier, CDU vice president and governor of Hesse, approved of Merkel's intervention to quell internal disappointment caused by concessions made during "grand coalition" negotiations that ended recently. Ms Merkel's CDU secured five ministries, with the CSU winning a further three.

Relations between the two countries have been strained since the defeated 2016 coup in Turkey as Turkish politicians criticized their German counterparts for failing to show strong solidarity with Ankara against the attempted military takeover on July 15, 2016 and the decision in Germany to ban rallies by Turkish ministers and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a year ago. "We don't live in a monarchy where you can arrange your own successor", the 37-year-old said.

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Youthful members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party have been requested to assume ministerial posts within the renovated government.

CDU politician Roland Koch, a former premier for the state of Hesse, also appealed to Merkel to pave the way for a new generation of conservative politicians, naming Spahn and the more liberal-leaning Schleswig-Holstein state premier Daniel Günther as candidates. The SPD's 464,000 members still have the chance to veto the decision in a postal ballot. The party's youth wing is pushing the Social Democrats to go into opposition, and leadership questions mired its top officials. If members reject the coalition pact, a new German election looks the most likely option.

In the clearest sign yet that Germany wants to soften its insistence on strict fiscal discipline in the Eurozone, Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, who is expected to replace Wolfgang Schaeuble as the country's new finance minister, has said that Germany should not dictate economic policies to its partners, Reuters reported.

The party's membership will vote next week on the coalition deal struck last week between Mr Schulz and Mrs Merkel.

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