Agreement in Germany on ‘traffic light coalition’ SPD, Greens and FDP

The three parties talking about a new coalition in Germany present their coalition agreement this afternoon. The Social Democratic SPD, the Greens and the Liberal FDP will give a press conference at 3 pm to explain the plans.

The agreement means that SPD leader Olaf Scholz is likely to be the new Chancellor; the Bundestag will vote on it. This makes him the successor to Angela Merkel (CDU), who prefers it after sixteen years. Her party suffered a hefty loss in the parliamentary elections in late September, Merkel had already indicated that she did not want to be a candidate again.

Merkel got flowers after her last council of ministers, can be seen in this video:

The traffic light coalition’, named after the party colors of the three parties, said it was previously committed to modernizing the economy and combating climate change.

In an exploratory document, some plans of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP had already emerged. This included saying goodbye to coal plants earlier and raising the minimum wage, from 9.60 euros to 12 euro per hour.

Formal negotiations for a new coalition agreement began on 21 October. At the beginning of October, the chairman of the SPD expected that there would be a new government before December. The agreement still has to be approved by the members of the parties.

Since the German reunification in 1990, it took between 30 and 171 days to form a new government. The record of longest formation was set in 2017.

Since the Bundestag elections of 26 September, 59 days have passed. The length of the formation will increase somewhat because the new government has not yet been presented.

Why the German elections were also important to us, correspondent Wouter Zwart explained earlier in this video: