After his party's disastrous result in the September 24 election Schultz had ruled out forming another so-called grand coalition with Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and Bavarian-only sister party, the Christian Social Union, like the one that has governed Germany for the last four years.
The SPD, which had wanted to go into opposition to rebuild after suffering its worst post-World War Two election result, fears its distinctive identity and policy ideas will again be smothered in any tie-up with Merkel's bigger center-right bloc.
Merkel's expressed skepticism about the latter two possibilities, and following an appeal from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Schulz agreed to meet with the chancellor and CSU leader Horst Seehofer on Thursday night to talk about the various possibilities.
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The negotiations come in the wake of the "unprecedented" Germany's failure to form the so-called Jamaica coalition, paving the way for possible snap elections.
"We should discuss each of these options", he said, and ruled out any hasty decisions under time pressure. "This is simply wrong", Schulz said, adding that the report appeared to be based on sources within Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc. He said Social Democrat (SPD) leaders would make a proposal on Monday on how to proceed.
Schulz said he had telephoned the CDU leader to say that any such claims from her conservatives to the media would be viewed as "a breach of trust".
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A rebellion is already brewing over entering into a new grand coalition, known as "GroKo" in German.
Schulz, a former president of the European Parliament, has said he wants changes in Germany's approach to the European Union and in economic and social policy.
"There was a broad consensus about not closing down any options concerning the formation of a new government", Schulz told reporters.
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"Berlin can not perpetually answer suggestions from the French president with a no", he said.
Schulz insisted his party would continue to talk about all options, which could include tolerating a Merkel minority government, possibly in tandem with the Green party.
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