November 5, 2018 / 12:56 PM / 13 days ago

German SPD leadership did not discuss quitting coalition, leader says

German Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Andrea Nahles addresses a news conference following a two-day party board meeting in Berlin, Germany, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leadership of Germany’s Social Democrats, under pressure from a restive membership over flagging polls and disastrous regional election showings, did not discuss quitting the national coalition at a Monday meeting, the party’s leader said.

Asked at a news conference after a meeting of the party’s executive committee whether leaders had discussed leaving their coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, leader Andrea Nahles said: “No.”

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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