The three German parties SPD, Greens and FDP will take the next step in forming a government coalition. According to the party leaders, the exploratory talks have shown that the parties can sit together. This makes the so-called ‘traffic light coalition’, named after the party colors of the Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals, seem close.
“We are convinced that we can reach an ambitious and sustainable coalition agreement”, write Scholz (SPD), Baerbock (Greens) and Lindner (FDP) in a joint statement.
The three parties have recently examined whether there are breakpoints that could cause a formation to break down, but they were not found. Some concise policy points have now been put on paper. They will be presented to Members before the final negotiations begin.
Minimum Wage, Modernization and Windmills
According to SPD leader Scholz, the three parties are aiming for “the largest modernization of German industry in more than a hundred years”. Baerbock of the Greens says the plans will lead to a “decade of renewal”. FDP leader Lindner adds that collaboration between the three parties is “an opportunity to unite the country”.
For example, the number of windmills needs to be expanded rapidly in order to accelerate the energy transition. Coal must be completely banned by 2030. The parties also want to be committed to digitization of society.
The parties want to raise the minimum wage to 12 euros per hour. Furthermore, the parties promise that taxes will not be increased and pensions will not be reduced.
Three weeks ago, the SPD won the Bundestag elections, followed closely by the Christian Democratic CDU/CSU, led by Armin Laschet. If the negotiations succeed, Scholz will succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor after 16 years.
The three parties expect to be able to give an answer to the next step in the formation next Monday after consultation with the members.