December 2, 2019 / 10:52 AM / 5 days ago

Merkel ready to talk to SPD, but no coalition renegotiation planned - spokesman

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Leipzig, Germany, November 23, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ready to talk to and work with the new leaders of her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), but new negotiations on their ruling alliance are not pending, Merkel’s spokesman said on Monday.

Two strong leftist critics of the coalition with Merkel’s conservatives - Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken - won a vote for leadership of the SPD on Saturday, putting Europe’s largest economy at a political crossroads.

Writing by Paul Carrel; editing by Thomas Seythal

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