Germany's Social Democrats mull return to coalition post-Merkel

The junior partner in Germany’s ruling coalition would consider returning to a coalition with the conservative bloc after Chancellor Angela Merkel departs the political stage, although its polling numbers have plummeted in government. Saskia Esken, one of the two co-leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD), told the magazine Der Spiegel that although she did not want this, “excluding coalitions can backfire.” For weeks she has been promoting “a progressive alliance under SPD leadership.” Her party’s candidate to replace Merkel as chancellor in next year’s election when she bows out after 15 years…

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