September 21, 2018 / 3:22 PM / in 8 months

Merkel open to SPD demands on spymaster deal - spokesman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference after the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in favour of demands by her Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners to renegotiate an unpopular deal to transfer the head of the domestic spy agency to a higher position at the interior ministry.

“The chancellor finds it right and appropriate to reassess pending questions and find a sustainable common solution,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement on Friday.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin

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