The leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Markus Soder put emphasis on stability in government at a CDU-CSU conference in Weimar on Monday following the resignation of Andrea Nahles, the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD).

"We are very anxious that the SPD clarifies its personnel issues quickly, the SPD must clarify how and in what form it will continue to cooperate in the German government," Soder said, adding that it was 'not the time for inner-party intrigues.

Despite the CDU/CSU alliance receiving the largest number of votes in the recent EU parliament elections, their support dropped about seven percent compared to 2014.

There are concerns within the CDU that a new SPD leader could withdraw their party from the ruling GroKo coalition, forcing new elections when both parties are polling at historic lows.

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