While the SPD leaders are open to an alliance with the left, their chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz is skeptical – among other things, he doubts the party’s ability to rule.
SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has expressed skepticism about a possible coalition between his party and the left. Regarding the left-wing party’s ability to rule, there are “still many questions, there will certainly be much to discuss,” Scholz said on Wednesday night’s ARD talk show “maischberger. Die woche”. The Federal Treasury Secretary also quoted a phrase from former SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel that the issue of the coalition depends “on the others”.
Esken and Walter-Borjans think that an alliance is ‘conceivable’
SPD chairmen Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans showed openness to a coalition with the left over the weekend. Such an alliance is “possible and conceivable,” Esken said in an ARD interview. Co-party leader Norbert Walter-Borjans told the Funke papers that if the SPD ruled out such an alliance, “the defenders of the normal course and thus of the further divisions of society would already have won.”
Esken and Walter-Borjans belong to the left wing of the SPD, Scholz rather belongs to the party right. The Minister of Finance was unanimously nominated by the party board on Monday as a candidate for chancellor.