German SPD leader Schulz wants United States of Europe by 2025

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Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz speaks during an SPD party convention in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 2017.

He said: "I want a European constitutional treaty that creates a federal Europe".

Schulz' Social Democrats have become Chancellor Angela Merkel's last viable option to form a stable government after her talks with smaller parties collapsed.

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The treaty would then be presented to all member states for ratification, with those that reject it automatically leaving the bloc, Schulz proposed in a speech at a Berlin meeting of some 600 delegates.

He suggested a target year of 2025, one century after the SPD first spoke of a future "United States of Europe".

"Only a strong Europe can force platform giants like Facebook and Google to respect our rules and basic rights", he said.

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"The SPD is needed for a just and innovative Europe", he said. 'It is the only chance we have to keep up with the other great regions of the world'.

"France is making proposals and Germany is not engaging".

With that in mind, Martin Schulz told a party congress that he wants the European Union to agree to a new constitutional treaty which creates a federal Europe, which can act together in policy in areas including domestic and foreign security, tax and monetary affairs and asylum and global development.

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Schulz, a former head of the European Parliament, said a pre-condition for entering such talks would be "an about-face in European policy". "Our country can not afford another four years of European policy à la [former conservative Finance Minister] Wolfgang Schäuble".

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