BERLIN (Reuters) – In his first speech since agreeing to coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives, the leader of the Social Democrats delivered an impassioned defense of European bailouts, saying Germany’s own success hinged on that of its neighbors.
Speaking to union members in the western city of Hanover, SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel also said his party would press for bolder measures to boost growth in talks with Merkel, describing high youth unemployment as Europe’s “biggest disgrace”.
BERLIN, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The Social Democrats (SPD)
bemoaned a lack of concessions from Angela Merkel, while her
conservative allies accused the SPD of trying to dictate policy
despite losing last month’s election.
Still, after eight long hours of talks on Monday between the
chancellor and her centre-left rivals, it was not the partisan
posturing that was most telling, but the readiness of both sides
to talk again.