Germany: SDP wants 'United States of Europe' by 2025

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The leader of Germany’s Social Democratic party (SDP), Martin Schulz, has set out his demands for talks to initiate another coalition government with Angela Merkel.

Schulz called for a creation of the “United States of Europe” by 2025 in a speech at the SPD’s party conference in Berlin. He also went on to say that he strives for a more powerful social security net, reduction of coal power and initiating open-ended talks with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Following this, SPD delegates overwhelming voted to permit their party’s leadership to being talks with the CDU. And so, the vote would mean that leaders can discuss options including a renewed “grand coalition”. This would involve a formal agreement of an informal cooperation to allow a conservative minority government by not voting down specific parliamentary motions. Since Novembers collapse of coalition talks between the CDU, the Greens and the Free Democrats.