BERLIN, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- German Social Democrats (SPD) insisted that the implementation of a minimum wage system must not be compromised as it intensifies the much hyped talk of forming a grand coalition government with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), SPD party chairman Gabriel said on Sunday.
It is quite clear that the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage should be the precondition for a coalition with the Union, Sigmar Gabriel was quoted as saying in the German TV WDR.
He argued that the hot issues like minimum wages, in addition to "other key topics including labor market reforms and increased spending on infrastructure"were invariably in urgent need in the country.
"Without minimum wage, there is no coalition ", Gabriel stressed, as the Social Democrats (SPD), the second largest party which raked some 25.7 percent of the votes in German parliamentary election on September 22, is widely tipped to join in a grand coalition under chancellor Merkel.
The center-left SPD has long been at odds with the CDU on a wide range of social issues and domestic polices, ranging from implementing the minimum wage to the subject of tax increases, etc, since SPD has to hold on these traditional key stances of its election campaign.
Gabriel also pinpointed the necessity in terms of issue of tax increases, calling it not as a goal by itself, when Germany is obliged to reduce debts and at the same time needs more money for education, infrastructure and communities.
Nevertheless, Gabriel still expressed his personal preference for a Black-Red Alliance, after his party has been in opposition for the past 4 years, saying only by doing so could his party be entitled to enforce many of its key social and domestic policies under the government coalition.
The Unions and SPD have embarked on the path towards the formation of the new German government for the upcoming 4 years, as the talks are scheduled until October 14, while SPD General Secretary Andrea Nahles has called on the Union to decide between the SPD and the Green as its partner in forming a coalition government as quickly as possible.