Social Democrats to finalize proposal for coalition agreement
Less than a week after the country's general elections, talks on forming a governing coalition between the Social Democrats and the centre right grouping made up of the centrist Christian Democrats and the Liberal Freedom Union have moved into a higher gear. Daniela Lazarova has the story.
For their part, the Social Democrats would like a written promise from their potential allies confirming that the two parties will not endanger the coalition through further infighting. The preliminary consultations are now over - and the Social Democrats have announced that over the weekend they will finalize their proposal for a coalition agreement and officially table it on Monday. The Social Democrats, who are negotiating from a position of strength, have allegedly outlined a division of posts in Cabinet and enumerated a number of key issues on which they would like to receive guarantees of support. They allegedly include reforms crucial to EU membership, Constitutional amendments and the party's social policy priorities, regarding unemployment and welfare benefits. Although the latter points in particular are expected to produce discord, a high placed member of the Social Democrat leadership said the proposal had been drafter in such a way as to allow room for compromise. Clearly, at this point in the talks neither side wants to rock the boat - and the parties of the centrist grouping which are in a weaker position - stand to loose more than the Social Democrats if they walk away from the negotiating table.