According to its chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans, the SPD is basically open to alliance talks with the Left Party after the federal election next year. The Social Democrats wanted to “become the leading force in a government alliance that puts social cohesion at the center,” Walter-Borjans told the newspapers of the Funke media group. The grand coalition with the Union is not a basis for this.
“If we ruled out an alliance option with the left, the defenders of business as usual and thus of the further division of society would have already won,” said Walter-Borjans. SPD Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich, co-party chairwoman Saskia Esken and he would see it “equally”.
Walter-Borjans reacted to an interview statement by the Left Chairwoman Katja Kipping, who had told the Funke newspapers: “In order to implement the necessary socio-ecological changes, we are ready to go into a federal government. For this we need social majorities on the left of the Union . ”
The SPD boss added, however, that there would certainly still be enough “need for clarification”. “As with the Greens too.”