SPD's Martin Schulz wants United States of Europe by 2025


Martin Schulz, who hopes to persuade his party to approve talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel on forming a new coalition, told a congress of his SPD party that Ireland was complicit in allowing companies such as Apple to avoid billions of euros in tax.

The 61-year-old has been in the spotlight since talks to form a coalition between the chancellor's conservative alliance, the pro-business Free Democrats and the Greens collapsed last month, plunging Germany into political uncertainty.

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

'Europe is our life insurance, ' said Schulz. 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. Merkel has said she is "very skeptical" about leading a minority government, which hasn't yet been tried in post-World War II Germany. The leadership's motion "takes no option off the table", he added, making clear it wouldn't automatically lead to a coalition.

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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 Social Democrats have been part of Germany's government for 15 of the past 19 years - twice joining a "grand coalition" under Merkel, from 2005 to 2009 and again from 2013 until now.

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He said the renewal of the SPD can not be placed above the interests of the nation.