Update 1.15pm: Die Welt has published a more detailed follow-up on the issue and the Green party has followed the stance of its oft senior coalition partner and also rejected eurobonds at the present time. Green parliamentary co-chairman Jürgen Trittin said that while he agreed with the economic principles behind them, they were the wrong solution at this time, not least because it would require changing the EU Treaties. The paper states that both parties prefer an alternative, only partial, pooling of eurzone debt, possibly via a debt redemption fund.
There's a school of thought out there - usually fairly uninformed - which has it that a German government that features the SPD (social democrats), could fairly effortlessly strike a deal with Francois Hollande over further fiscal integration, which would include, for example, eurobonds and greater ECB intervention. People arguing this point notes that SPD supports eurobonds, while doing fairly well in opinion polls. That should cut it right?
Well, this view tends to underestimate the German cross-border consensus on sound money and budget discipline. And from today's Die Welt we learn that the SPD has retreated from its previous support for Eurobonds, thereby distancing themselves from their French counterparts. Thomas Oppermann, the party’s speaker in the Bundestag said:
"We oppose the uncontrolled pooling of debt… There is absolutely no need for general eurobonds".Oppermann added that:
“I speak for [Germany] and not for France”.And there you have it from the horse's mouth...this will be a long, unpredictable debate in Germany.