> But German Media is reporting that 30 SPD lawmakers disagree. Reuters Paul Carrel is in Berlin.>> We don't know who those are. However, in the the last parliament when the SPD shared power with Merkel, a number of those lawmakers had senior positions, had cabinet ministerial portfolios that they may be unwilling to give up.
That's up to Merkel's negotiations with the smaller free Democrats and greens fell apart. The problem is Schulz has said the SPD would be better off in opposition after September's election delivered the worst result for his party in the post-war period.>>
Also some Social Democrats are towards the end of their careers and this is really their last chance to be something.>> German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Schulz on Thursday to press him into supporting a new coalition. Merkel has said she would prefer to work with the SPD, but if that fails she favors new elections over trying to rule with a minority government.
But that could be just kicking the can further down the road.>> Polls suggested that even we have new elections, the results probably won't be very different to the election results that we had in September. So that again would point towards another Grand Coalition or a minority government.
We'll just lose a few months in the mean time.>> On Thursday night Schulz was due to meet with senior SPD figures, a new Grand Coalition might require his departure, or Merkel's. If agreement can't be reached the EU's biggest economy could be facing months of deadlock.