“We’re breaking though the glass ceiling in the SPD,” said Andrea Nahles at the delegates’ meeting in the city of Wiesbaden. “And the ceiling will stay open.”
“We are certainly ready to compromise. But we also expect the conservatives to move,” Martin Schulz said, in an apparent attempt to leverage the threat of a veto by party membership in order to extract concessions from a reluctant conservative camp.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, raising prospects of an end to months of political uncertainty.
Merkel is now pinning her hopes on cutting a deal with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), who finished second in the election but have so far given a lukewarm response to the idea of renewing the ‘grand coalition’ that governed Germany between 2013 and 2017.