Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

German SPD leader seeks end to Schaeuble-style austerity

German SPD leader seeks end to Schaeuble-style austerity

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at the Republic and criticised USA technology firms Apple, Facebook and Google on Thursday, saying a strong Europe was needed to make sure they stick to the rules.

Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz speaks during an SPD party convention in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 2017.

He made the plea in a speech to 600 of his Social Democrats at a congress to decide whether to start coalition talks with Angela Merkel's party.

But the party suffered historically poor election results after both Merkel coalitions, with support slumping to a post-war low of 20.5 percent in September.

"The SPD is needed for a just and innovative Europe", he said.

Schulz, a former head of the European Parliament, said a pre-condition for entering such talks would be "an about-face in European policy".

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Schulz said only a more united European Union could meet major challenges such as combating climate change, managing mass migration or stopping multinational companies from dodging taxes.

The Social Democrats' leadership insisted the party would go into opposition after a disastrous election result in September.

However, some members - including the party's youth wing - want to specifically rule out another coalition, leaving only a minority government or a new election as options.

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Thursday that the country must find a way to exit brown coal production without hurting coal-producing regions and causing job losses.

Schulz became the SPD's top candidate a year ago when the party's poll ratings briefly shot up some 10 percentage points.

"We don't have to govern at any price, but we also shouldn't want not to govern at any price", Schulz said.

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