Anger brewing among Social Democrats against Merkel power pact | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Anger brewing among Social Democrats against Merkel power pact

To many German Social Democrats it sounds like a monster that will destroy their party if not democracy itself: the GroKo.
The term GroKo is shorthand for "grand coalition", the mega-alliance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their own SPD labour party that has ruled Europe's top economy for the past four years.

Never. Again. GroKo," read a pin-on button handed out by the party's youth wing at a fractious party congress in Berlin last week that was dominated by painful soul-searching over its worst election result in post-war history.

The blunt message was illustrated with a picture of two hands forming a diamond shape, Merkel's standard gesture in front of cameras, which has come to symbolise the veteran chancellor dubbed "Mutti".

"We don't want a grand coalition," said one member, Michelle Rauschholb, 25, who fears the SDP will be forced to "betray its ideals" if it has another stint as Merkel's junior partner.

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