Germany: Angela Merkel rejects snap elections after failed talks

German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the Christ Democrats Party Angela Merkel addresses the media during a press conference following the summit on diesel emissions with Mayors of the most polluted German cities on Nov. 28 2017 in Berlin

German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the Christ Democrats Party Angela Merkel addresses the media during a press conference following the summit on diesel emissions with Mayors of the most polluted German cities on Nov. 28 2017 in Berlin

The three party leaders discussed various options for forming a government, including a Merkel-led minority government, but they voiced scepticism about this option, said the party official who spoke on the condition of anonymity and on the condition the party not be named.

Bild daily reported earlier on Friday that the SPD had greenlighted coalition talks after discussions among Schulz, Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) leader Angela Merkel and Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer on Thursday evening.

After his party's disastrous result in the September 24 election Schultz had ruled out forming another so-called grand coalition with Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and Bavarian-only sister party, the Christian Social Union, like the one that has governed Germany for the last four years.

Schulz previously opposed a "grand coalition" with the CDU/CSU, arguing that the election result meant voters had rejected the option of another grand coalition between the SPD and the CDU/CSU. A resolution should then be formed at the party congress in the coming week.

Speaking after Schulz's statement, CDU chief executive Klaus Schüler said his party respected what the SPD chairman had to say and would wait for the Social Democrats to make a decision about whether to officially pursue talks.

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Party leader denies he agreed to start talks on new government with Merkel.

"I can clearly deny the media report about me having given the green light for grand coalition negotiations". Schulz fronts a party which is split evenly down the middle on what he should do next. "We have many options".

"We need a different Europe and the initiatives that the French president has suggested should not be given a "no" from Berlin or left unanswered", he said, referring to Macron's ideas of creating a new eurozone finance minister position and giving the 19-member zone its own budget.

"The way for a grand coalition has been paved", Mohring told Reuters after taking part in a teleconference where Merkel had briefed the CDU federal board on Thursday night's talks with Schulz and the president.

"A positive response to Emmanuel Macron will be a key demand in any negotiation with the SPD".

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