Sunday, October 17, 2021

SPD-led German coalition possible by year’s end, says party co-leader

BERLIN: The three-party German government led by the Social Democrats (SPD) should be ready to take office by the end of the year, the co-leader of the centre-left party said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.

Norbert Walter-Borjans said he was confident that his party, which won Sunday’s national election by a narrow margin, had left it looking for partners, a coalition with the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP). To be able to move forward rapidly.

An SPD ruling coalition with the Greens and the FDP—called the “Traffic Light” coalition after their respective colors—would command a parliamentary majority.

“The government should be in place by the end of the year. It is possible,” Walter-Borjans told Welt am Sonntag.

“We don’t need to have exploratory talks until we leave this time, because we want a traffic light (alliance) in which all three comrades can bear their strength,” he said.

“In that sense, we can start formal alliance talks in October and finish them by December,” he said.

Negotiations for forming a coalition government in Germany usually take weeks or months. After the last national election, on September 24, 2017, such talks lasted until the following March.

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The SPD is scheduled to hold exploratory talks with both the Greens and the FDP on Sunday. The two smaller “kingmaker” parties met on Friday for a second round of talks, which FDP leader Christian Lindner said was held in a “good atmosphere”.

The Greens and the FDP, from opposite ends of the political spectrum and at odds over a range of issues, have moved to center stage following the SPD’s narrow electoral victory—the first since 2012.

Both the SPD and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, which slipped to a record low result, are pushing smaller parties to seek a parliamentary majority for a ruling coalition. Polls show voters would prefer to lead the SPD.

Merkel, in power since 2005, plans to step down once a new government is formed and will remain so until that time.

by Paul Carell

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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