June 27, 2018 / 6:15 AM / a year ago

German SPD leader: Tensions over migrants, 'waiting to see' on new election

FILE PHOTO - Andrea Nahles, leader of Social Democratic Party (SPD), addresses the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

BERLIN (Reuters) - The situation in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is extremely tense, the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) Andrea Nahles said on Wednesday, leaving open the question of a possible new election.

After four hours of talks late on Tuesday with Merkel and her conservative Bavarian allies which failed to resolve a row on migrant policy that threatens the coalition, Nahles, said:

“In all questions, including in migrant policy, we have a very tense situation in the coalition ...It is unsatisfactory that this week we have standstill and it is unclear what will happen.”

Asked if she was preparing for a new election, she said: “I don’t know. To be honest with you, we are waiting to see.”

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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