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"It's amazing that the FDP approves the end of the combustion engine"


The next step towards the traffic light is done. The SPD, Greens and FDP celebrate their new culture of discussion at a press conference. Is that authentic? The analysis in the video.

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When setting up in front of the microphones, you had to briefly agree, otherwise there was demonstrative unity in this press conference.

The SPD, the Greens and the FDP want to start joint negotiations to form a traffic light coalition.

Olaf Scholz, SPD candidate for Chancellor

"A departure is possible here, supported by the three parties that come together here."

Annalena Baerbock, Greens co-boss

"To really use the next decade as a decade of renewal."

Christian Lindner, FDP leader

"In the end, the big winner of such a coalition will not be a single party, but our country."

Martin Knobbe, DER SPIEGEL

»This enthusiasm for one another is, I believe, authentic.

So I do believe that we can speak of a departure.

And I think the positive signal that was there from the beginning has carried through to this day, so that these three parties will now enter the coalition talks with a lot of optimism. "

Olaf Scholz, SPD candidate for Chancellor

"It will be the largest industrial modernization project that Germany has probably carried out for over 100 years and it will greatly benefit our economy and our economic development opportunities."

At the same time as the press conference, the parties published a joint 12-page exploratory paper.

It is noticeable that each party was able to push through its own key priorities.

Martin Knobbe, DER SPIEGEL

»Olaf Scholz received a minimum wage of 12 euros.

The FDP has managed not to allow any tax increases to take place.

Especially not for the rich, which was so important for the Greens and the SPD.

And the Greens have managed to establish an early coal phase-out and a climate protection program. "

But of course there are also many topics with potential for conflict.

Robert Habeck, Greens co-boss

"When three parties talk to each other and also come from different political values, it is absolutely clear that there are unreasonable demands and that the unreasonable demands must be borne and decided in order to make greater common things possible afterwards."

Martin Knobbe, DER SPIEGEL

“That one FDP is agreeing to the end of the internal combustion engine, that they are agreeing to a very ambitious climate protection program, that's astonishing.

And on the other hand, the SPD and the Greens have completely renounced any redistribution.

These are things that are exciting now because they naturally have to be carried over into the parties.

Some of the parties now meet at the weekend and discuss these issues.

And whether the base and whether the delegates are participating everywhere will be an exciting question. "

In the case of the Greens, a small party congress will decide on the start of the talks on Sunday.

The FDP wants to question the party committees on Monday.

In the case of the SPD, an okay from the party executive is enough.

Source: spiegel

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