German Social Democratic leaders beg members to back deal with Merkel

German Social Democratic leaders beg members to back deal with Merkel

German Chancellor and leader of German Christian Democratic Union (CDU)Angela Merkel(C), leader of German Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer (L) and leader of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz attend a joint press conference after coalition talks at the headquarters of SPD, in Berlin, Germany, on January 12, 2018.

But he has been forced to wait for months for a concrete response from Mrs Merkel, who has come under mounting criticism at home and overseas for her plodding reaction, aggravated by her failure to form a new government.

Under the blueprint, Germany will seek to limit the annual intake of people seeking safe haven to around 200,000, in line with a long-standing demand of the CSU, whose southern state of Bavaria was at the frontline of the refugee arrivals.

"We've carried out intensive, serious and profound exploratory talks", Merkel told reporters at SPD party headquarters in Berlin on Friday.

"There will be hard tasks to come", Merkel said.

He reluctantly reconsidered after Merkel's coalition talks with two smaller parties collapsed in November. "But we carried out the talks in spirit of finding a solution". "But I don't think we need a new instrument to do so", he said.

The euro jumped to a three-year high against the USA dollar after the deal was announced, reflecting the relief of analysts and the perceived importance of German leadership to the European economy. Still, investors warned of potential hurdles ahead.

"This deal is important for the stability and future of Franco-German relations, but especially Europe", said French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux. "It's a breakthrough that leaves a bad taste in the mouth".

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron
GettyPresident Emmanuel Macron's ambitious EU reform proposals look set to go ahead after the deal

"I'm very satisfied content-wise with what the CDU/CSU and SPD have reached in terms of joint policies for the future", Juncker said, referring to Merkel's Christian Democrats and allied Bavarian Christian Social Union and Schulz's Social Democrats. Merkel, 63, has been acting chancellor since, putting most policy making in Europe's biggest economy on hold.

It also stressed the crucial role of Franco-German cooperation in that process, saying a renewal of the European Union could only succeed if Germany and France "work together with all their strength".

"We are working seriously. on creating the conditions to be able to live well in Germany in 10 or 15 years", she said. The pressure now will be on Schulz to push through the agreement.

The party leaders agreed to a 28-page deal on Friday morning.

The SPD's youth wing chief Kevin Kuehnert has said he would embark on a national tour to press his case against a new grand coalition, known as "GroKo" in German political shorthand.

"The world will not wait for us", a weary-looking Merkel said Friday morning after 25 hours of talks, which yielded a deal opening the way to formal negotiations on the details.

Mr. Schulz, who had expressly wished for a role in the opposition after the party's two stints as junior coalition partner, must now travel the country to convince his rank and file that rejoining the government will be good for both the country and the party.

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