Günther announces talks with the Greens and FDP

Greens want to enter into discussions with self-confidence

The top candidate of the Schleswig-Holstein Greens, Monika Heinold, called on Günther to form a coalition with her party. In Sunday’s election, the Greens did “three times as well” as the FDP, she said in Berlin after consultations with the Greens federal leadership. The voters had also come out in favor of “strong Greens in government responsibility”.

Green top candidate Monika Heinold: The Greens in Schleswig-Holstein want to form a government with the CDU.
Green top candidate Monika Heinold: The Greens in Schleswig-Holstein want to form a government with the CDU. (Source: Kay Nietfeld/dpa-images)

Her party is also the “motor” of the previous state government, added the Deputy Prime Minister and State Finance Minister. In the event of an invitation by Günther, the Greens would go into talks with the Christian Democrats “very confidently”.

FDP top candidate Bernd Buchholz spoke on Monday in Berlin of a basis for his party to continue governing with the CDU. The CDU has much more agreement with the FDP “than is the case with the Greens,” said the current Economics Minister in Kiel. He was “excited” about the talks on forming a government.

SPD with historic defeat

According to preliminary results, the CDU gained significant votes in the state elections on Sunday, achieving its best result since 1983 with 43.4 percent. With a record result of 18.3 percent, the Greens came second in the northernmost state of Germany, ahead of the SPD, which experienced a historic debacle with just 16.0 percent.

According to the preliminary result, the FDP lost significantly and came to 6.4 percent. The party of the Danish and Frisian minorities, the South Schleswig Voters’ Association (SSW), achieved 5.7 percent. The AfD missed the re-entry into the state parliament with 4.4.

Heinold: Jamaica reissue is unrealistic

The CDU, which forged a three-party coalition with the Greens and the FDP after the 2017 election, can now form a two-party alliance with the Greens or the FDP. Coalitions with the SPD or the SSW would also be possible, but are considered unlikely. Günther had always emphasized before and after the election that a continuation of the Jamaica coalition was his “desired constellation”.

On Monday, Heinold described speculation about Günther’s possible adherence to a Jamaica coalition as unrealistic. She “difficulty imagining this” and “doesn’t think about it at the moment”. In such a tripartite alliance, the CDU would have to “give up a lot of power,” she added. In addition, the FDP ruled out such a scenario if it was not technically necessary for the majority.

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