Parliamentary elections were held in Germany on Sunday. As neither of the two main parties – the SPD and the CDU / CSU union – received sufficient support, it is likely that the new government will be composed of three parties. On Tuesday evening, the Greens and the FDP liberals “unexpectedly held preliminary talks” to discuss their agenda points with which they could join the future coalition, “Die Welt” wrote. The FDP leader said on Wednesday that the preferred solution for his party would be a coalition with the Christian Democrats.
Despite the SPD’s election victory, the EU does not give up and has also announced talks to form a coalition with the Greens and the FDP. The head of the CDU, Armin Laschet, announced on Tuesday evening that “our offer is ready”. However, the head of the CSU, Markus Soeder, made it clear that building a government coalition with the Greens and the FDP was primarily the task of the victorious SPD.
On Tuesday evening there were talks between the leaders of the Greens and the FDP. The declared goal of both groups is now “to agree on the basic directions of political cooperation, which should be a prerequisite for restarting the government’s policy in Germany,” writes Die Welt. Only later do both parties want to start talks with larger parties – the SPD or the CDU.
Talks between the Greens and liberals about the future coalition in Germany
Oliver Krischer (Greens) positively assessed the first meeting between Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck (Greens) with Christian Lindner and Volker Wissing (FDP). – I don’t think there was any disagreement. They talked about how it will be possible to rule the country in the future – he said for “Die Welt”. After the meeting, the four of them posted a joint photo on Instagram with the comment: “In search of a new government, we are looking for similarities and bridges over divisions. And we even find them. Exciting times.”
Krischer added that further talks will be held with the SPD and the EU. – After the elections our schedules are empty for now, we will do everything possible to create a new federal government as soon as possible – he declared. Krischer in “Die Welt” criticized the current situation in the CDU / CSU, but he made it clear that there was no doubt that talks with the Union would take place “despite the fact that the Union now gives the impression that it deserves to go for a few years to the opposition “.
During Wednesday’s press conference, FDP secretary Volker Wissing said that his party was planning further talks with the Greens on Friday. Meetings with the two biggest parties are planned for the weekend. Wissing did not want to speculate on the possible outcome of the talks with the Christian Democrats and Socialists, but made it clear that a possible coalition with the CDU / CSU was closer to the liberals. – Since the programs that presented the parties has not changed, of course [taka koalicja – red.] is preferred by us – he explained.
Scholz: The country does not belong to the CDU / CSU
Also on Tuesday evening, the leader of the SPD, Olaf Scholz, again spoke in favor of creating a coalition of the SPD with the participation of the Greens and the FDP. – If you want to combine something, it will fit together – he said. As a result, “a government may be formed in which three parties meet, with different but overlapping ideas for the future,” emphasized Scholz during the meeting of the parliamentary group in Berlin. Parliamentary group leader Rolf Muetzenich noted that “the country does not belong to the CDU / CSU”. – The country belongs to the citizens who have chosen Scholz – he assessed.
At the Tuesday meeting, Scholz declared that the SPD had always been a political party that cares about freedom and improving the lives of its citizens. Like the Greens, it considers ecology and climate change to be a key issue. He emphasized the desire to modernize the country and points in common with the FDP. – The liberal party has views on progress that coincide with what we also see – he stressed.
Main photo source: Reuters / INSTAGRAM @ VOLKER WISSING