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13 Enero 2018, 03:14 | Crisanna Felipe

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

The two political blocs want to decide by Friday whether to launch formal coalition talks.

Although Merkel is being criticized in Germany because is takes her such a long time to form a new government, the German chancellor is clearly willing to make concessions to the SPD.

The SPD s youth wing chief Kevin Kuehnert told Zeit Online that he would embark on a national tour to press his case to opposing a new grand coalition before a September 21 party congress.

The talks are not only crucial for Merkel, but also for Schulz and the leader of Merkel s Bavarian allies, Horst Seehofer, said political analyst Karl-Rudolf Korte of Duisburg-Essen University. "I am already speaking of these years because I believe we will succeed".

Schulz obtained a minor reform to how the public health insurance system is financed - far from his party's original proposal - as well as a commitment to guarantee the current level of pensions through 2025, among other things.

German shares were higher on Monday as investors bet on strong economic growth and solid corporate earnings. That vote will likely depend on whether rank and file members are satisfied that the party will have greater influence in a new government than in the previous grand coalition.

He reluctantly reconsidered after Merkel's coalition talks with two smaller parties collapsed in November. The negotiations look sideways to far right, rubbing ir hands before a German misrule, which in ir view demonstrates inability of traditional politicians and legitimizes ir existence.

That is a big concern among many German politicians, given AfD was the third largest vote-getter after the conservatives and the Social Democrats.

But last September's election saw a fracturing of Germany's political landscape and steep drop in support for the mainstream parties that have dominated the country's politics since World War II. "And that's something that Germany really has to prepare for".

CDU-CSU and SPD leaders are due to report to their party executives on the outcome of the talks on Friday morning. "When and if she steps down in the next few years, the person who comes her place will nearly certainly be much more hardline on this issue", he said.

The agreement calls for parliament to pass a law by the end of July allowing 1,000 family members per month to come to Germany.

According to the Reuters news agency, citing the German coalition paper, CDU/CSU bloc and the SPD party have agreed to boost the country's contribution to the European Union budget, devoting specific funds for economic stabilization, social convergence and structural reform support in the Eurozone.

The markets rallied at the news of the prospective deal and the euro jumped to a three-hear high.

The leader of the SPD's more radical Berlin branch, Michael Mueller, said commitments on affordable housing were inadequate.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday welcomed a deal in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its provisional terms were good for Europe.

France and Bulgaria, which now holds the rotating European Union presidency, welcomed Friday's developments.

"Time is running out", said Stefan Kornelius, a Merkel biographer. "We are waiting on this quite impatiently".

Before the September elections, political observers had widely assumed that Merkel would once again coast to victory, with a clear shot at matching the record 16-year tenure of her onetime mentor, Helmut Kohl.

"In the interest of her party's electoral strength, she should not stay in office for the entire legislative term".

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