German SPD leader Schulz wants United States of Europe by 2025

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at the Republic and criticised U.S. technology firms Apple, Facebook and Google on Thursday, saying a strong Europe was needed to make sure they stick to the rules.

Martin Schulz, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, told his party conference that he wants the continental bloc to move in the direction of a US-style federal union.

But the party suffered historically poor election results after both Merkel coalitions, with support slumping to a post-war low of 20.5 percent in September.

The former European Parliament president said the eurozone should have more investment and a common finance minister and budget.

"The SPD is needed for a just and innovative Europe", he said.

He also argued that only a strengthened European Union would stop the advance of right-wing nationalists, citing gains they had made in Germany as well as Austria, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands.

Schulz's SPD came second in the German election in September to Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc.

Social Democrat parliamentary group chief Andrea Nahles said the collapse of Merkel's talks with other parties produced an unexpected new situation.

"The party fears new elections, loathes another grand coalition, but still does not want to be seen as obstructionist naysayers shying away from civic responsibility", Broening said. But he met the fate of Merkel's previous challengers, with a campaign losing steam amid a string of regional poll defeats. Merkel has said she is "very skeptical" about leading a minority government, which hasn't yet been tried in post-World War II Germany.

"We don't have to govern at any price, but we also shouldn't want not to govern at any price", Schulz said.

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