German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to rule with the Social Democrats over the next four year’s gained a surprise jolt this weekend as her Christian Democratic Union party’s industry supporters and a group of young party members attacked her prospective coalition deal.
In separate moves, the CDU’s Economic Council, a forum for the party’s industry backers, and 52 young federal and state CDU lawmakers criticized the policy agreed to last month in a so-called coalition contract. The attacks precede a vote today of the CDU’s national assembly on the policy program and a postal poll of Social Democrat members that closes Dec. 12.
Contract proposals that include a national minimum hourly wage, extension of pension benefits and potential power price increases “don’t carry the signature” of the CDU, Economic Council President Kurt Lauk, said in an interview with Bild Zeitung. “We can’t support this coalition contract.”
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