SPD leader Andrea Nahles has turned against her party critics. In the South German newspaper she demanded more honesty and openness. She leads the party with all her "strength, passion and confidence," said Nahles. "If someone thinks they can do it faster or better, they should get in touch."

The SPD leadership wants on Sunday and Monday at a retreat in Berlin a way for a restart and fewer conflicts in the
Look for federal government. There, Nahles also wants to ward off the demand, the
for the end of 2019 planned party congress with elections and thus preferable
earlier than planned about her personal future as well as the
 to decide grand coalition. "I want to know what it brings
should, if one prefers a congress or exchanges the personnel.
I also want people's motives and concerns to be open to the
Be packed. That's what I ask for, "said Nahles SZ,

The party leader stands after the losses of SPD in the state elections in Bavaria and Hesse under pressure. Juso boss Kevin Kühnert, for example, calls for leaving the grand coalition with the Union. In the Thuringian general Kühnert reproached the party leadership not to notice the mood at the base. There is a clear mood in the SPD for an exit from the grand coalition, which is "not reflected in the top". Therefore a party congress is the only possibility for other parts of the party to put their position to the vote. This must take place no later than June 2019.

Kühnert justifies his demand with the state elections in Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg in September and October 2019. "If the 'Groko' and trend still exist next fall, then at least in Saxony and Thuringia it can go in the direction of single digits" said the Juso boss.

More time, more debate

Nahles, on the other hand, wants to stick to the previous timetable. "From the new beginning in the grand coalition to the substantive renewal of the SPD with the participation of party members – there is the date for the party conference in late 2019 already extremely sporty," she said. The party should again debate more and find clarity in contentious issues. "We need the time until next year, if we want to do it right, headfirsting everything now, is nonsense."

Her deputy Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel attributed the party's problems to a programmatic void. "In fact, we have no identifiable position in many ways, not even in the party executive," he told the editorial network Germany.

Berlin's Mayor Michael Müller demanded concentration on a few topics. "We need to be clearer and more visible, we do not need 28 topics, but a few: the welfare state and the labor market, renting and housing, free education from kindergarten to university, health and care, and climate and environmental policy," said Müller Focus,



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