Angela Merkel Criticised By Own Party Over Coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves in a car after coalition talks in the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union in Berlin Germany Wednesday Feb. 7

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves in a car after coalition talks in the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union in Berlin Germany Wednesday Feb. 7

"I hereby renounce joining the federal government and at the same time implore that this should be an end to debates about personalities" within the SPD, Schulz said in a statement.

Christian von Stetten, a lawmaker from Ms. Merkel's own Christian Democrats (CDU), said the allocation of Cabinet posts, and the Finance Ministry in particular, had been "a political mistake".

Any agreement will be submitted to a ballot of the Social Democrats' members, a process that will take a few weeks.

September's general election was a disaster for the party, however.

Deutche Welle reports: "Early reports suggested that the SPD would be handed the Finance Ministry - a major gain for the Social Democrats - while CSU leader Horst Seehofer, one of the most conservative figures on Merkel's side, would become Interior Minister". This had prompted unrest within Merkel's conservative ranks.

SPD leader Martin Schulz drew strong criticism in the party after he announced on Wednesday that he would resign as SPD chairman to become foreign minister, after promising before the election that he would not serve in a Merkel-led government.

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Schulz's choice to step aside "deserves the highest respect and recognition", said Andrea Nahles, his likely successor as party chair.

Under the coalition agreement, the SPD will retain control of the foreign, justice and labour ministries among others. "The political carnival in Berlin is far away".

Nahles said in an interview with ZDF television this week she was confident the "very bold" left-wing character of the contract with Merkel would win members over. The result, expected March 4, is unpredictable because many are suspicious of entering a new government after a disastrous election result.

Another party official told a Bild: "The party is deteriorating".

For the German press, such open resistance to Merkel is a sign that the long-serving leader could be on the way out.

Many Social Democrats have blamed their poor showing on the party's membership in the previous "grand coalition".

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