February 9, 2018 / 1:08 PM / 3 months ago

Senior members of German SPD want Schulz to waive foreign minister job - Bild

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) want leader Martin Schulz to waive the post of foreign minister, Bild newspaper said in an unsourced report on Friday.

Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz reacts during a statement with Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer after coalition talks to form a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD agreed on Wednesday to form a coalition government but SPD members have the right to veto the deal.

Schulz had originally said he would not take a job in a government led by Merkel but then said on Wednesday he wanted to take the helm at the foreign ministry - a move for which he was widely criticised. His announcement upset the incumbent, Sigmar Gabriel, who bemoaned the “lack of respect” his labours had received.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Paul Carrel

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