German ‘traffic light coalition’ step closer

As expected, a party council of the German Greens, the Bรผndnis 90/Die Grรผnen, agreed by a large majority to negotiate a coalition government with the Social Democratic SPD and the Liberal FDP.

It was announced on Friday that the three parties negotiators want to take the next step towards a government coalition. They also broadly agree on important issues. For example, the Liberals have stipulated that there will be no tax increases, the SPD has raised the legal minimum wage to 12 euros per hour, and the Greens have managed to close all coal plants by 2030.

The traffic light coalition, named after the party colors of the Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals, has now come one step closer. The SPD board of candidate Prime Minister Olaf Scholz agreed to negotiations on Friday, Monday the FDP board has yet to officially agree to further negotiations.

โ€œGreen history is writtenโ€

At the Green party meeting in Berlin today, 2 of the 70 members voted against the negotiations; one member abstained from the vote, reports DPA news agency. After years of opposition, Robert Habeck, the President of the Greens, says to the news agency that โ€œa piece of green history is currently being writtenโ€.

The German newspaper Bild reports that the distribution of major ministerial posts, such as the Finance Post has been seen. According to the newspaper, both Habeck and FDP chairman Christian Lindner could claim this.

Three weeks ago, the SPD won the Bundestag election. If the negotiations succeed, Scholz will succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor after 16 years.