Traffic light negotiators Habeck, Baerbock (both Greens), Scholz (SPD) and Lindner (FDP)
Photo: ANNEGRET HILSE / REUTERS
This Wednesday the SPD, Greens and FDP officially start negotiations in 22 working groups to form the first traffic light government at federal level.
From now on, the content gets down to business.
And although the FDP received the fewest votes of the three traffic light parties in the federal elections, the relative majority of Germans believe that the liberals have the greatest bargaining power in the talks about a new government.
This was the result of a survey by the opinion research institute Civey for SPIEGEL.
43 percent assume that the FDP will prevail the most.
20 percent see the SPD in the lead on this issue and only 12 percent see the Greens.
According to the representative survey, supporters of the SPD and the Greens also share the assessment of the FDP's assertiveness.
On the other hand, trust in the Greens' negotiating power is not very pronounced, even among their own clientele - only 13 percent believe that the Greens will prevail most strongly in negotiations with the SPD and FDP.
The SPD sympathizers see the Greens of all parties as the weakest negotiators.
Only those voters who lean towards the AfD believe - or fear - that the Greens will implement most of their plans in the negotiations on a traffic light coalition.
A new government should be in place by the beginning of December, if possible, and Olaf Scholz (SPD) should be elected Chancellor during St. Nicholas Week.
Until then, Angela Merkel will only be in office in a managerial capacity; her chancellorship will officially end with the constitution of the new Bundestag on Tuesday.
Apparently, most Germans do not feel too sad about the end of the Merkel era.
When asked whether they would miss Merkel at the end of their term of office, 41 percent answered "yes" or "more likely yes".
Exactly half said no to this question.
Unsurprisingly, it is above all the supporters of the Union who are already mourning the Chancellor, among the Green sympathizers it is still half.
According to the survey, the AfD supporters feel the least melancholy for Merkel, followed by left-wing sympathizers.
One month after the general election there is little movement on the Sunday issue.
The SPD comes roughly to its election result of September 26th, the Union parties gain slightly compared to the previous week and come to 21 percent.
Read the background to the Civey method here.