The SPD candidate does not rule out support for the left after the elections in Germany

The SPD candidate for the Federal Chancellery, Olaf Scholz, refused this Saturday to exclude a coalition with the Left Party after the election in September, in which the successor to the current Chancellor Angela Merkel will be elected.

“These processes are not good for democracy. Experience shows that when one coalition is rejected, the question of the next arises,” he said in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine” about this option.

The SPD candidate does not rule out support for the left after the elections in Germany
The SPD candidate does not rule out support for the left after the elections in Germany

“And at some point the country will no longer debate the welfare of the country, but rather the intrigues of the parties,” added the SPD leader, who in the polls agrees with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) under the leadership of Armin Laschet.

The Left Party is an amalgamation of post-communists from the former GDR and the former left wing of the SPD. With 69 seats, it is currently the fifth force in the German Bundestag.

“All German governments must clearly commit themselves to the transatlantic partnership, to NATO membership and to a strong and sovereign European Union,” said Scholz.

Also with the fact that “we have to be careful with money and that the economy has to grow, as well as guaranteeing internal security.” All these points are inalienable for him, emphasized the social democratic candidate.

In current surveys, the SPD is ahead of or on a par with the CDU coalition and its Bavarian partner, the Christian Social Union (CSU). Depending on the outcome, arithmetic could enable an alliance of the SPD, the Greens and the Left to form a government in Germany after the federal election on September 26th.

Laschet demands from Scholz to rule out this possibility of a red-red-green coalition as a “danger to Germany”. The SPD is the current government partner of the CDU in the “Grand Coalition”.

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