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Germany’s SPD Stumbles after Selection of New Leftist Leaders


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Sat, 07 Dec 2019 21:05 GMT

A Forsa poll has shown on Saturday, December 7th that support for Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) has declined after selecting a leftist duo to lead the party, reported Reuters.

The new leaders of the party, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, were tasked on Friday, December 6th to lead the talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives about the governing coalition.

The party is recovering from weak regional and European election results, as many members are sceptical to remain in a coalition with Merkel’s conservatives, a move that could prompt a snap election or minority government.

A Forsa poll showed that the SPD has lost three points at 11% during a week, a decline last witnessed by the party in June after the resignation of the previous leader, Andrea Nahles, following the party’s worst-ever results in European Parliament elections.

Meanwhile, Merkel’s conservatives were up one point at 28%, the same as the far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD) at 14%.

Forsa chief Manfred Guellner said that the SPD’s long search for a leader turned out to be a big let-down for the party’s hopes.

The pair used their maiden speeches to pledge an intense dialogue with the Christian Democrats and their sister Christian Social Union party over the future of the coalition.

The new leaders asked Merkel’s conservatives for improvements on welfare and environmental policies, and they also urged the government to put an end to its balanced budget policy, known as “black zero,” according to the Guardian.