Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) has spoken out in favor of a quick decision by his party to remain in the grand coalition. "This hanging section cannot go on like this," said Müller to the world .
After the Bundestag election in 2017, the SPD was ready to be available in an emergency situation on the initiative of the Federal President, said Müller. He now advocates that the question of coalition participation "be resolved quickly". He could understand that "some people are annoyed by the difficult inner-party self-discovery process". One could only ask for understanding.
The question of whether the SPD should remain in the grand coalition must be made dependent on the question of what the SPD can still do with the Union. Another grand coalition is definitely not conceivable, said the Berlin mayor. "We had the constellation over several legislative periods and are now realizing that the similarities have been exhausted."
Under its new leadership duo Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, the SPD wants to negotiate with the Union about corrections to the government work of the grand coalition. The newly elected party leaders are skeptical of the coalition. However, the SPD had rejected an immediate exit from the government alliance at its party conference in early December. The Social Democrats want to wait for talks with the CDU and CSU and then reassess their situation in the coming year.