SPD and Merkel. No love?

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* Chancellor Angela Merkel received shortly before the local runoff election, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – from the point of view of the SPD a political mistake. Foreign politician Schmid calls the behavior “strange”.

The foreign policy spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group, Nils Schmid, criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel hard because of her meeting with President Petro Poroshenko a few days before the runoff election in Ukraine. “It is a political mistake and strange that Mrs. Merkel Poroshenko has met one and a half weeks before the election,” said Schmid the SPIEGEL. “That’s how the impression of unilateral partisanship came about.”

The CDU politician Poroshenko had received last Friday in the Chancellery and this justifies having to discuss urgent issues with the Ukrainian President. Poroshenko is far behind his challenger Volodymyr Selensky in the polls. French President Emmanuel Macron had received on the same day first Selensky and then incumbent Poroshenko in Paris. The ballot in Ukraine will take place on Easter Sunday.

“Although Selensky is not so well-known to us in Germany, and we have worked well with Poroshenko so far, Selensky has also made a clear commitment to Ukraine’s pro-European course, focusing on fighting corruption and uniting the country,” he said the SPD foreign policy continues. “Instead of promoting Poroshenko’s polarizing election campaign ‘I or Putin’, it would have been better for Merkel, like President Macron, to have sought dialogue with both candidates equally.”

The Chancellor had already rejected such allegations, but so far were only brought forward by the opposition. With the Social Democrat Schmid expresses now the responsible specialist politician of the coalition partner. Also CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer met last Friday in Berlin with Poroshenko.

Merkel and the president have been working together for many years. The Chancellor has been particularly involved in the Ukraine conflict since the so-called Maidan revolution at the end of 2013. Germany and France are trying to solve the conflict between Kiev and Moscow in the “Normandy format”.

SPD foreign minister Schmid was in Kiev last week for political talks before the runoff election for the presidency and met, among others, with the campaign manager Selensky. The challenger Poroshenko is TV producer and comedian.

After the first round of the presidential election, the incumbent is back in a recent survey with 30 percentage points behind Selensky. Even if the undecided would vote for Poroshenko, he would have no chance, according to this opinion, again to become head of state. Especially as in the west of the country, actually a stronghold of the incumbent, Selensky now leads with three percentage points. In the first round, he received twice as many votes as the incumbent.


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  1. Yet again, following on from the Bavarian elections two weeks ago, the Green Party showed strong results, gaining 8.7 points to reach 19.8 per cent of votes as did the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD, Alternative for Germany) who enter the Hesse parliament for the first time with 13.1 per cent, up 9 points. On the left, Die Linke gained 1.1 points and finished on 6.3 per cent. The free-market Free Democratic Party (FDP) reached 7.5 per cent, up 2.5 points.

  2. And it provides an opportunity for the Greens to capitalise further on their surge in support in recent months. The Greens’ performance in Bavaria and Hesse offers more evidence that the party, which already governs in neighbouring Baden-Württemberg, is gradually supplanting the SPD as Germany’s new Volkspartei.

  3. The SPD just about survived being overtaken by the Greens in Hesse, but there will be questions regarding party leader Andrea Nahles. In Hesse the SPD recorded its worst showing since 1946 and in Bavaria they suffered their worst ever result by losing over half their support. Some national polls show the SPD trailing the Greens and the AfD.

  4. SPD While seeking to keep the SPD on board nationally, she signaled in a closed caucus meeting on Tuesday that she’ll campaign against a possible hookup of Hesse’s Social Democrats with the Greens and the anti-capitalist Left party, according to a party official who asked not to be identified

  5. Wolfgang Schaeuble, the former finance minister who is now president of the lower house, or Bundestsag, has raised the prospect of governing without a majority — something Merkel rejects.

  6. with Merkel, a third were opposed, swayed by arguments that the party should regroup in opposition instead. That tension remains ever-present in her government, whose term runs until 2021.

  7. with Merkel, a third were opposed, swayed by arguments that the party should regroup in opposition instead. That tension remains ever-present in her government, whose term runs until 2021.

  8. The awkward alliance has been marred by disputes about immigration and the fate of the domestic spy chief since it took office in March, coming close to collapse twice. Voters punished both Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD in two recent regional elections.

  9. We had intense talks and we did make progress,” SPD chairwoman Andrea Nahles told reporters after the meeting at Merkel’s chancellery

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