Germany's SPD denies agreeing coalition talks with Angela Merkel

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Steinmeier, a former SPD lawmaker and foreign minister, will host a meeting at 1900 GMT on Thursday between Merkel, her Bavarian conservative ally Horst Seehofer and Schulz as part of his efforts to facilitate the formation of a stable government.

Mr Schulz told reporters yesterday that he would discuss all options, including selling off his party's very recently acquired principles on a coalition, with SDP leaders on Monday.

Mr Schulz and Mrs Merkel met on Thursday night to discuss a possible new coalition or SPD support for a minority government, and initial reports suggested the talks had gone well. Such an alliance, between the country's two biggest parties, has ruled Germany for the last four years and remains in office in a caretaker capacity following September's general election.

However, Schulz did not slam the door for a renewed SPD-Union partnership, saying the SPD leadership was keeping its options open.

Schulz said he had telephoned the CDU leader to say that any such claims from her conservatives to the media would be viewed as "a breach of trust". He had called the chancellor to complain about "inacceptable" leaks to the press, the Social Democrat leader said.

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"We have a lot of options for building a government". Her attempts to form a three-way tie-up with the pro-business Free Democratic party (FDP) and the Greens failed.

After the party convention of the SPD in the coming week, the CDU will discuss the way forward, according to Klaus Schueler, federal manager of the CDU. "The fact we underlined today that we are prepared to enter such talks with the SPD shows that we're aiming to bring these talks to a successful conclusion".

According to Schulz, the key demands of his party are a need to reform the European Union, improve healthcare, as well as the European Union and answer French President Emmanuel Macron's Eurozone reform proposals positively.

At the same time, the SPD chief began naming his conditions, stressing in particular that he wants Germany to back French President Emmanuel Macron's initiative to reform the European Union.

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