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German SPD leader takes aim at US tech giants

German SPD leader takes aim at US tech giants

He had pledged to go into opposition after an indecisive election in September but was forced to change his mind by senior party figures...

Schulz' Social Democrats have become Chancellor Angela Merkel's last viable option to form a stable government after her talks with smaller parties collapsed. But President Frank-Walter Steinmeier made clear he doesn't want a new election and Schulz has reversed course.

Despite this, Schulz has the tacit backing of most party leaders - with some misgivings - and has also received considerable support from political leaders in Europe, who have urged him to be courageous and step up for the sake of European stability. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) are reportedly keen to pursue a deal, although some conservatives have urged leaders to also consider a minority government, with the support of the SPD. "What is important is what we can implement".

SPD members will also be asked to examine the possibilities of tolerating a minority conservative government or even opting for new elections - the least popular choice among the German public, according to polls.

"There are various, equally valuable ways in which we can contribute to forming a government in this country", Schulz said.

Rolls-Royce suffers fresh wave of troubles with Dreamliner engines
Air New Zealand says some Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights will have to be cancelled due to problems with the Rolls-Royce engine. The Air New Zealand flights to Tokyo and Argentina were forced to return to Auckland after take-off due to engineering issues.

In his speech, Schulz listed center-left priorities such as equal treatment for men and women in the labor market and a relatively liberal approach to immigration, rejecting the idea of a cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country.

He also called for the creation of a European finance minister, who should fight tax evasion by reining in the race to the bottom in tax policy among member states.

Martin Schulz, the head of Germany's Social Democrats, wants to push for ever-closer European integration and turn the EU into a "United States of Europe" by 2025. The SPD will debate the idea of once again joining such a coalition at a congress on December 7-9.

The head of the SPD says that it is considering various scenarios, including the cooperation with the CDU/CSU.


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