Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), winners of last month’s nationwide parliamentary elections, said on Wednesday that they are in talks with the country’s Green Party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – the respective third and fourth places in the polls. Vale, make a ruling coalition to try.
Although a deal is far from being made, the announcement puts SPD leader and outgoing Chancellor Olaf Scholz closer to leading Germany’s next government.
In the 26 September elections the SPD defeated Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) by 25.7% to 24.1%, giving Merkel’s ruling coalition its worst defeat to date.
But that narrow victory – and the fact that no party won a clear majority in parliament – left some room for the CDU to form a ruling coalition with one or both smaller parties. Soon after the election, the Greens and the FDP agreed to meet with both sides and each other to see if talks could be held.
On Wednesday, after preliminary talks last week with both top two parties, Green Party leaders said Scholz’s serious talks with the SPD “make the most sense.” Green’s co-leader Robert Hebeck told reporters that although there is still much to be discussed, “last week’s conversations showed that this is where the greatest overlap can be imagined, particularly in the area of social policy.” over a wide area.”
FDP leader Christian Lindner confirmed that tripartite talks could begin on Thursday.
CDU leader Armin Lasquet told reporters they were open to more talks but that the decision was for the two smaller parties to decide.
Speaking to reporters at an EU summit in Slovenia on Wednesday, Merkel was asked about her party’s prospects.
“The CDU didn’t get the best voting results,” she said.
Some information for this report was provided by The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.