BERLIN (AA) - Coalition talks between Merkel’s conservatives and Social Democrats faced heightened tensions due to a row over allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
BERLIN (AA) – Coalition talks between Merkel’s conservatives and Social Democrats faced heightened tensions due to a row over allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats had their first serious quarrel in coalition talks due to a row over same-sex marriages, German press reported.
The sixth meeting of the joint working group on family, women and equality on late Monday faced heightened tensions and talks on this policy area had been interrupted, Die Welt reported.
According to the daily, Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance had rejected any opening towards allowing same-sex marriages and full adoption right for same-sex couples, as demanded by the SPD.
Christian Union (CDU/CSU) signaled readiness to only allowing successive-adoption, the right of the adoption of a same-sex partner’s biological child and accepted adding an anti -discrimination clause in the coalition agreement.
The co-chair of the working group, SPD’s vice chairperson Manuela Schwesig harshly criticized the CDU/CSU’s stance. “Under these circumstances, I can not recommend the SPD members to agree to the coalition agreement,” Schwesig was quoted as saying, according to the report by Die Welt.
Conservatives and Social Democrats tried to play down their disagreements in their public remarks on Tuesday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD’s leader Sigmar Gabriel will meet again on Wednesday for the fifth round of coalition negotiations. Merkel and Gabriel aim at concluding the negotiations and formulating the coalition agreement before November 27.
SPD is planning to hold a mini-referendum in early December among its 470,000 members on the preliminary coalition agreement. The outcome of this mini-referendum is expected to be announced on December 15.