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Many in his party are angry he wanted the foreign minister position

Many in his party are angry he wanted the foreign minister position

Many in his party are angry he wanted the foreign minister position

The result of the SPD vote is expected to be announced on 4 March, with CDU delegates also getting a chance to vote on the coalition deal at a party congress on 24 February.

On Wednesday, Schulz told colleagues he planned to resign as leader of the SPD after party members have voted on the coalition deal.

The head of the Social Democrats' youth wing, who is campaigning against the new coalition, said party members should give up fighting about who does what job and concentrate on debating whether the party enters the government.

'I hereby declare my decision not to join the federal government and at the same time I sincerely hope that this will end the personnel debates within the SPD, ' Mr Schulz said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's main center-left party are still haggling over a deal to form a new coalition government after negotiations that lasted through the night.

The SPD, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union reached the coalition deal on Wednesday, which will possibly end the new government vacuum since the September 24 federal election, the longest period ever since 1949. He also said Andrea Nahles, the party's parliamentary leader, would take over as the Social Democrats' chairwoman.

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"I see a successful ballot as endangered by the discussion surrounding my person", Schulz said in a statement distributed by the SPD on Friday. A "no" vote would mean Germany would nearly certainly face.

The deal will now be submitted to a ballot of the Social Democrats' membership, a process that will take a few weeks.

The SPD and the conservative bloc both need to respect the clear message delivered by voters, Kuehnert said.

Paul Ziemiak, leader of the Young Union, has pressed the CDU to consider its future after Angela Merkel leaves office. In addition to the controversy over Schulz, Merkel herself has been under fire for giving key ministries to the SPD to extend her 12-year reign over Europe's biggest economy.

The chancellor, who long seemed impervious to criticism from within her own ranks, has faced a barrage of complaints since Wednesday's agreement, which left her bloc with six ministers - the same number as the SPD, which fared considerably worse in September's national election.

And Norbert Röttgen, a foreign policy expert in the party, told the same newspaper the way the portfolios had been carved up meant the CDU would be structurally weakened and have less influence on government in the future.

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