February 16, 2018 / 10:48 AM / a month ago

Merkel sees good chance of SPD members backing coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she believed there was a “fairly good chance” members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) would approve a coalition deal with her conservative bloc.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference after talks with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Berlin, Germany, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“I think that after the very detailed and thorough drafting of a coalition agreement, there is a fairly good chance that both the SPD members and the CDU party congress ... give a positive assessment of this coalition agreement,” Merkel said.

“But we must wait for the results,” she told a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Michael Nienaber; Writing by Paul Carrel

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