Germany: Merkel plays down talk of coalition crisis

  • 23:32 03 June 2019

Germany: Merkel plays down talk of coalition crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday sought to play down the leadership crisis at her coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SPD), insisting that she doesn’t see “a signal of instability” for the government, ONA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Speaking at a news conference in Weimar following a meeting of her Christian Democratic bloc (CDU/CSU), Merkel said the ongoing leadership debate within the SPD would not undermine the work of her “grand coalition” government.

“I know the three interim leaders, we worked together during the coalition talks,” Merkel said, referring to three senior members of the SPD, who were chosen on Monday by the party’s executive as caretaker leaders.

"I don't have the impression that a sign of instability will come out of that,” Merkel stressed.