German SPD leader: Tensions over migrants, "waiting to see" on new election

 (Reuters) - The situation in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is extremely tense, the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) Andrea Nahles said on Wednesday, leaving open the question of a possible new election.
Andrea Nahles, leader of Social Democratic Party (SPD), addresses the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
After four hours of talks late on Tuesday with Merkel and her conservative Bavarian allies which failed to resolve a row on migrant policy that threatens the coalition, Nahles, said:
“In all questions, including in migrant policy, we have a very tense situation in the coalition ...It is unsatisfactory that this week we have standstill and it is unclear what will happen.”
Asked if she was preparing for a new election, she said: “I don’t know. To be honest with you, we are waiting to see.”
German coalition parties failed to resolve a row over migrant policy during four hours of late night talks on Tuesday and further discussions were needed, Volker Kauder, a senior lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) said on Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to parliamentary group leader of the ruling CDU/CSU faction Volker Kauder during a fraction meeting in Berlin, Germany, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
Asked if the three coalition parties had resolved the dispute that threatens Merkel’s three-month old government, Kauder told German television:
“No, it was not to be expected because the party committees meet on Sunday,” he said.
“It is very serious - we saw that in the talks, this is not about something small, it is about something central and important. We need to talk to each other.”