February 7, 2018 / 3:51 PM / 9 months ago

German SPD to ballot members on coalition from February 20: sources

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz pose after a statement on coalition talks to form a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) will announce the results of a membership ballot on whether to back the coalition deal struck on Wednesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on March 4, party sources told Reuters.

The sources said the postal ballot would run between February 20 and March 2. Party leader Martin Schulz promised members a veto over any coalition deal to secure their consent for entering into coalition talks.

Reporting by Holger Hansen, writing by Thomas Escritt, editing by Michelle Martin

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