SPD and CDU plan coalition in Schleswig-Holstein

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5 April 2005, KIEL - Social Democrats loyal to German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and their Christian Democrat archrivals opened talks on Monday on forming a coalition government in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost of Germany's 16 states.

5 April 2005

KIEL - Social Democrats loyal to German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and their Christian Democrat archrivals opened talks on Monday on forming a coalition government in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost of Germany's 16 states.

Peter Harry Carstensen, a Christian Democrat (CDU) farmer expected to become state premier, and the new state Social Democrat (SPD) leader, Claus Moeller, met to survey the state's meagre revenues. Each man was attended by two aides.

The state's dire finances will limit any plans for policy initiatives in the five-year period until the next state election. Full-scale negotiations on a political programme for a grand coalition were to begin on Wednesday.

While such a coalition was likely to ensure stability in the rural coastal state, it would dismay Schroeder because it will increase the opposition's grip on Germany's federal upper house, or Bundesrat, which represents the 16 state governments.

The two sides have jockeyed for position since a hung election on 20 February and the dramatic failure of SPD state premier Heide Simonis to win a confidence vote on 17 March, but they were cordial on Monday. Simonis made her farewell from politics earlier in the day.

DPA

Subject: German news

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