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Traffic light negotiator for coalition talks in the federal government

2021-10-15T12:46:09.037Z

The formation of a government in Germany is progressing. But before the first traffic light coalition can actually be negotiated at the federal level, one last hurdle has to be overcome.



The formation of a government in Germany is progressing.

But before the first traffic light coalition can actually be negotiated at the federal level, one last hurdle has to be overcome.

Berlin - The negotiators of the SPD, Greens and FDP recommend their parties to start coalition negotiations to form a traffic light government.

"We are convinced that we can conclude an ambitious and sustainable coalition agreement," said a joint paper on the results of the explorations that was published on Friday.

SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz said after deliberations in Berlin that, according to his impression, “a departure is possible” supported by the three parties.

Scholz also highlighted the fact that the exploratory talks had been very “remarkable” and “beneficial”.

After the exploratory talks, he was convinced "that for a long time there has been no comparable opportunity to modernize society, the economy and the state," said FDP leader Christian Lindner.

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Climate protection activists protest with masks that are supposed to represent Annalena Baerbock, Christian Lindner and Olaf Scholz.

© Kay Nietfeld / dpa

Green leader Annalena Baerbock emphasized that the country needed “a real renewal” and not a “lowest common denominator”.

With three different parties it is important “that everyone gives something”.

In the case of the Greens, a small party congress will deal with the result of the explorations on Sunday.

The FDP negotiators want to recommend the party committees to start coalition negotiations on Monday.

The SPD party executive wanted to approve the decision on Friday afternoon.

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SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil comes to the exploratory talks.

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Scholz named among other things a massive expansion of renewable energies as important joint projects in order to be able to do without fossil energies as quickly as possible.

It is about the greatest industrial modernization that Germany has experienced in 100 years.

He referred to the desired improvements in housing construction, the minimum wage and stable pensions.

For this, the pension insurance should be equipped with additional funds.

The start of coalition negotiations is an important step on the way to a common government.

In previous exploratory talks, the SPD, Greens and FDP have explored differences and similarities without obligation.

Those who start coalition negotiations, on the other hand, do so with the clear intention of forming a joint government.

However, failure cannot be ruled out in this phase either.

No tax increases planned for top earners

Probably in consideration of the election promises of the FDP, the negotiators stated in their paper: “We will not introduce any new taxes on assets and we will not increase taxes such as income, corporate or VAT.” The necessary future investments would be “within the framework of the constitutional debt brake “Guaranteed.

In a possible joint federal government, no tax relief for low-wage earners is planned.

Such promises of relief are not provided after the exploratory talks, said Greens boss Robert Habeck on Friday in Berlin.

"That's just the price we pay because the FDP has prevailed at the point." Such relief could only be achieved if taxes were raised for top earners - and the Liberals would have rejected that.

Phase out coal by 2030?

On the subject of climate protection, the joint paper of the three parties states: “In order to meet the climate protection goals, an accelerated phase-out of coal-fired power generation is necessary.

Ideally, this will be achieved by 2030. “So far, the coal phase-out is planned by 2038 at the latest.

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Robert Habeck (lr), Annalena Baerbock, Olaf Scholz and Christian Lindner make a statement after the exploratory talks.

© Kay Nietfeld / dpa

The paper goes on to say: "This requires the massive expansion of renewable energies we are striving for and the construction of modern gas-fired power plants in order to meet the increasing demand for electricity and energy over the next few years at competitive prices."

A speed limit of 130 km / h on motorways, as demanded by the Greens in the election campaign, is not one of the goals that the negotiators have agreed on.

On the subject of migration and flight, the explorers stated: “We want to accelerate the asylum procedures, the procedures for family reunification and returns”, and legal access routes should also be created.

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The Green parliamentary group has called for the new black-red-yellow state government to be more committed to climate protection and sees considerable job opportunities for Saxony-Anhalt in this.

The country should become climate-neutral by 2035, said Greens parliamentary group leader Cornelia Lüddemann on Friday in the state parliament.

There must be binding interim targets for the years 2025 and 2030.

Greens are calling for more renewable energies to be expanded

Scholz: SPD, Greens and FDP have a "visible mandate"

Even if the SPD is the strongest force according to the preliminary results, the race for chancellorship is still open.

FDP and Greens are preparing for the first consultations.

Scholz: SPD, Greens and FDP have a "visible mandate"

Lindner: FDP wants to conduct preliminary investigations with the Greens

When it comes to the question of who will lead the next federal government, it depends above all on the smaller partners in a coalition: the Greens and the FDP.

The Liberals therefore want preliminary talks.

Lindner: FDP wants to conduct preliminary investigations with the Greens

If a traffic light government is formed, the statutory minimum wage is to be increased to twelve euros per hour in the first year.

The voting age for the federal and European elections is to be reduced to 16 years.

The SPD won the federal election on September 26 with 25.7 percent, just ahead of the Union (24.1 percent).

After the election, the Greens and FDP were considered kingmakers.

Mathematically, they could have entered into a traffic light coalition with the SPD as well as a Jamaica alliance with the Union.

During the explorations, Lindner replied to a journalist's question about who could possibly occupy which cabinet post.

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Source: merkur

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