February 7, 2018 / 2:16 PM / 8 months ago

German coalition deal means fundamental change of direction in Europe: Schulz

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, on Wednesday hailed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives as a watershed moment for European policy.

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

“You’ll forgive me for thanking Mrs Merkel and Mr Seehofer, especially regarding the European policy chapter of this deal, because what we wrote down in this coalition agreement about the European Union and its future will be a fundamental change of direction in Europe,” Schulz said.

“With this coalition agreement, Germany will take an active and leading role in the European Union again,” Schulz added.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Michelle Martin; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Thomas Escritt

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