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By JULIAN SHEA | China Daily 江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMlobal | Updated: 2019-12-03 09:40

江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMermany's coalition government could be in danger after a change of leadership in its junior partner.

江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMermany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting with agriculture and forestry associations at the Chancellery in Berlin, 江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMermany, December 2, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

Since 2017, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, known as the CDU, have ruled with the Social Democrats, also known as the SPD, but its new leaders, left wingers Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, want to renegotiate that deal.

If Merkel, who has already said she will not run for another term as Chancellor, does not meet their demands, they have threatened to withdraw and bring down the government, meaning Merkel, national leader since 2005, could leave the political stage earlier than expected.

The CDU has already let it be known that it is unlikely to agree. "Our aim is to govern 江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMermany well, and the foundations for this are in our coalition agreement," said party 江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMeneral Secretary Paul Ziemiak. "This internal decision by the SPD changes nothing in this regard."

Speaking to 江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMermany public broadcaster ARD, Walter-Borjans said: "If the coalition partner then takes an obstructive approach for these new tasks then you have to make a decision that it cannot continue."

Walter-Borjans and Esken won the election by beating Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Klara 江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMeywitz in a second-round runoff .

Scholz was one of the architects of the deal with the CDU and the result is widely seen as a personal rejection of him. If he quits as vice-chancellor, the end of the coalition could be in sight, leading to an election next year.

With parties such as the far-right Alternative fur Deutschland or AFD gaining support, the outcome of that could open a whole new chapter in 江西快三app争霸—主页22270.COMerman politics, and new AFD leader Tino Chrupalla clearly senses there is an opening for his party.

"If we want more success we need to change," he said. "We want to move toward the center. This will work because the CDU keeps moving to the left."

Many SPD supporters believe the association with the CDU, which is struggling itself, has been unhelpful and cost them support, as they are seen as living in Merkel's shadow. Esken told party members they must unite, regardless of who they had voted for.

"If we want to succeed we need everyone," she said. "Not only those who voted for us. We extend our hands to everyone. Now is the time to stand together."

When Walter-Borjans was asked if he believed time was nearly up for the coalition, he said: "Not yet, let's wait and see."

JULIAN SHEA in London

julian@mail.chinadailyuk.com

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