Martin Schulz, who heads the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), tweeted this morning to say in German and English: “We will push through marriage equality in Germany. This week.”
He added to Associated Press: “Angela Merkel made…a move yesterday and we are taking her at her word.”
Her “change of heart…should be concluded this week,” he continued.
It is understood that this means Schulz is promising to attain a parliamentary vote on the subject before parliament closes on Friday.
The SPD is currently the junior partner in a grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-wing Christian Democrats.