The day after the Bundestag elections, a meeting of the federal executive committee of the liberal FDP party took place. At the meeting, a decision was made to start “preliminary talks” with the Greens on a possible coalition, informed FDP leader Christian Lindner. Armin Laschet, the candidate of the Christian Democratic Party of the CDU / CSU, also expressed readiness to talk with both parties on government cooperation. In his opinion, no grouping received a clear mandate to govern in Sunday’s elections.
“There are the most substantial differences between the Greens and the FDP among the parties of the democratic center, which could now talk to each other when forming a government,” explained Lindner, who, together with FDP secretary general Volker Wissing, is leading talks with the Greens. Therefore – he stressed – it makes sense to look for common ground first.
After the first talks between the two parties, the FDP could accept invitations to talks from the Social Democrats (SPD) or the Christian Democrats (CDU / CSU), if there were any.
The SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Olaf Scholz, announced earlier that he wanted to form a coalition with the Greens and the FDP as soon as possible. That both sides want to talk to each other first is “absolutely fine”, said Scholz.
Laschet declares its readiness to enter into talks with the Greens and the FDP
The CDU presidium also held a meeting in Berlin on Monday. Armin Laschet, the Christian Democrats’ candidate for chancellor, said that no one should behave as if they could form a government on their own. – No party can derive a mandate from this result. Neither we nor the SPD, he said.
Laschet said he was ready to talk about a possible coalition with the Greens and the FDP. – We have to overcome the antagonisms between political currents – he noted. He also expressed the conviction that “a government led by the Union (CDU / CSU) is the best solution for the country.”
The head of the CDU admitted that the result of the elections “cannot and will not” satisfy the CDU / CSU. Laschet said he knew he had a “personal stake” in the election defeat. He assured that the result of the elections would be thoroughly analyzed. Whether or not the Union takes responsibility for the governments, there must be a renewal of the party at all levels.
Elections to Budnestag
After Sunday’s Bundestag elections, in which the SPD won with a slight advantage over the CDU / CSU, a government alliance between the SPD and the Greens and the FDP is likely, as well as the Christian Democrats with the same coalition partners.
According to preliminary results, the FDP won 11.5 percent in the Bundestag elections. Thanks to this, she managed to improve the result from 2017; when it reached 10.7 percent endorsement.
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