The day-long explorations are now moving on to the decisive coalition negotiations. The green one FDP and the SPD have agreed on talks for a possible traffic light coalition. All parties have spoken out in favor of quick results in the negotiations. A new government could be in place before Christmas.
You can read the current developments here in the news ticker:
4 p.m.: Occupation of working group leaders leaked
The “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” (RND) already had information about which working groups could be led by which politicians even before the statements of the party representatives.
Accordingly, the SPD’s building and living working group is apparently headed by party vice Kevin Kühnert. According to the “RND”, ministers are also represented in the talks: First of all, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is to be named as negotiator on the issues of foreign, security and development policy. Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht will be represented in the area of internal security and Labor Minister Hubertus Heil in matters of work. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze will only be negotiating in the field of “Climate, Energy, Transformation”. This working group will be headed by parliamentary deputy Matthias Miersch.
The 22 working groups will start negotiations next week.
3:10 p.m.: First statement after coalition negotiations – with specific dates
In Berlin, the representatives of the traffic light parties meet for coalition talks. SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeil, FPD general secretary Volker Wissing and Greens federal manager Michael Kellner spoke up before the talks on Thursday afternoon. “We are optimistic and confident,” said Wissing. The politicians announced that they would present the first drafts by November 10th. There should be a new Federal Chancellor in Germany by December 6th.
Lars Klingbeil emphasized the importance of making rapid progress in the negotiations. The 22 working groups will meet on Wednesday to negotiate the terms of a coalition. There should be no night or week shifts and the groups should decide for themselves how many sessions they need.
The groups will complete their first interim results by November 10th.
Wissing said “concentrated work” was required. He said the parties plan to elect a Federal Chancellor by December 6th. “We want to show the ability to act,” said the Secretary General.
His SPD colleague Klingbeil was a little more precise: “In St. Nicholas Week, Olaf Scholz is to be elected Chancellor.”
Kellner also said that the parties would “boldly” enter the negotiations. He expects a “new departure”, especially in the areas of climate protection and social justice.
The areas of conflict between the parties should primarily be resolved in the working groups. The party representatives therefore kept a low profile. But there should be “no brackets in the final round,” said Klingbeil.
The agreements that were published in the position paper should continue to exist, said Kellner, he emphasized: “The exploratory paper is the common ground”.
2.30 p.m.: Coalition negotiations begin – partners want to negotiate quickly
Even before the decisive coalition negotiations between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP began, the politicians involved were confident that the talks would lead to quick results. “We will get through promptly and quickly”, announced FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing on Thursday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz had also repeatedly emphasized that the goal was to have a new government formed before Christmas. The Juso boss Jessica Rosenthal also endorsed this desired date on ZDF.
On Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., the SPD, Greens and FDP will start coalition negotiations. Previously, statements from SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeil, Greens federal manager Michael Kellner and FPD general secretary Volker Wissing were planned. To begin with, the main negotiators will meet with the leaders of the 22 working groups at the Berlin exhibition center. These should then in turn negotiate the details of a coalition agreement in the next few weeks.
The main sticking points are the differences in tax and financial policy as well as climate protection. The Green Youth and climate protection activists were dissatisfied with the current status of the negotiations on the latter.
You can find older news about the soundings here.
(lc / jab / lfr with material from dpa and afp)