Social Democrats (SPD) Hold Federal Party Congress
(L-R) Former German Finance Minister Hans Eichel, journalist and SPD politician Doris Schroeder-Koepf and former German Interior Minister Otto Schily talk during the congress of Germany's social democrat SPD party on December 7, 2017 in Berlin..The chief of Germany's Social Democrats Martin Schulz pleaded with his party to allow him to start exploratory talks on joining or backing Chancellor Angela Merkel in a government, promising to push key demands especially on strengthening the EU. The SPD youth wing leader Kevin Kuehnert warned that, after four election defeats in a row, joining another grand coalition would threaten the very existence of the party, and that the leadership's backflip had sparked "a deep crisis of trust" at the base. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL
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