- Dec 21, 2007
Surge in applications to join SPD after youth wing calls on members to scupper coalition deal with Merkel
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/909536/Angela-Merkel-Germany-grand-coalition-CDU-SPD-deal-entryism-dangerThe spike in membership applications follows a call from the SPD’s youth wing, Jusos, for those against a renewed CDU-SPD coalition to join specifically to veto the final deal.
A narrow margin of SPD members approved an initial agreement at a party conference in Bonn on Sunday, meaning formal talks between Angela Merkel’s CDU and the left-wing SPD can now commence in earnest.
Another party referendum will determine whether the SPD should accept the final coalition deal.
Jusos sees this as its opportunity to change the direction of the SPD, and deny Angela Merkel a fourth term as Chancellor.