German coalition collapse looms as CDU rejects SPD's demands

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer says SPD’s new leftwing leaders can accept current deal or leave

The prospect of early elections or a minority government in Germany has increased after leading politicians in the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) dismissed demands by the new leftwing leadership duo of their junior coalition partner to renegotiate the terms of their alliance.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the head of the Christian Democrats (CDU), said the coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) would either stay intact or the SPD would have to leave the government. It represented a challenge to the SPD’s new co-leaders, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, to decide whether or not they wanted to remain in power.

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