Leaders of the Greens and FDP have had “good” first talks about possible cooperation in a new German government. Thats what both parties said.
They didnt want to say what had been discussed in substance. That was so agreed, said Secretary General of the FDP Volker Wissing. A second conversation will follow on Friday.
The two sides play a key role in what the new coalition in Germany will look like. The key question: do they choose a coalition with the SPD Social Democrats or the centre-right CDU/CSU?
Opinions within the parties vary considerably on this; there are numerous differences between the Liberal FDP and the more left-oriented Greens.
Last night it became clear that the parties were sitting around the table, after Green leader Annalena Baerbock and FDP headpiece Wissing posted a selfie on Instagram showing the four main persons within the parties. They wrote in their messages, which were exactly the same, that matches were sought. “And we even found a few. Exciting times.”
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Last weekends German elections, Olaf Scholzs SPD became the winner, with 25.7 percent of the vote. The CDU/CSU of Armin Laschet and outgoing Chancellor Merkel recorded the worst nationwide result in its history at 24.1 percent.
The Greens achieved the best result ever at 14.8 percent. The FDP followed by 11.5 percent.
It is known that the Greens prefer to join the SPD. Together with the FDP, this would lead to the so-called traffic light coalition, which refers to the colours of the parties (green, red and yellow). A coalition with the CDU/CSU is preferred by the FDP; the Jamaica coalition (black, green and yellow).
The FDP and the Greens will soon be discussing individually with the SPD and CDU/CSU. Baerbock will join the SPD on Sunday and next week at the CDU/CSU. The FDP will be on the table with the two sides next weekend.