May 26, 2019 / 6:34 PM / 5 months ago

German SPD leader: important to keep working in Merkel coalition

Democratic Party (SPD) leader Andrea Nahles and top candidate Katarina Barley react on first exit polls following the European Parliament election in Berlin, Germany, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) said on Sunday she wanted to continue to work in the national coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives despite heavy losses in a state vote and in elections to the European Parliament.

Describing the election results on Sunday as “extremely disappointing”, Andrea Nahles said it was important that her party continued to rule in the coalition for its social agenda, such as a basic pension level.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Paul Carrel

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