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Blog on the formation of a government CDU vice: Laschet will no longer be chancellor in Jamaica either

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If the Greens and the FDP still form a coalition with the Union, the Chancellor would probably not be called Armin Laschet. This is what CDU Vice Thomas Strobl assumes. All information in the news blog.

After the federal election, the SPD, Greens and FDP are exploring the formation of the first traffic light coalition at the federal level. A Jamaica coalition of the Union, Greens and FDP seems to be off the table for the time being. After its election defeat, the CDU is in a deep crisis. Now the party wants to renew itself, but the procedure is controversial.

CDU Federal Vice-President Thomas Strobl assumes that party leader Armin Laschet will no longer become Federal Chancellor even in the case of a Jamaica coalition. If the Greens and the FDP wanted to hold such talks, Laschet, as CDU chairman, would still be the first point of contact, said Strobl. “Who then conducts such negotiations should be seen.” It is also not automatically the case that Laschet would be the candidate for chancellor in the case of a coalition with the Greens and the FDP.

Strobl estimates the chances for a Jamaica coalition as “very low” – because of the lost federal election, but also because of the lack of professionalism of the union in the preliminary rounds with the Greens and FDP. He was pissed off because, contrary to the agreement, information from the talks with the Greens leaked out from the Union. “It’s embarrassing,” said Strobl.

After one and a half days of preliminary sounding for a possible traffic light coalition, the party secretaries have issued statements. By Friday they want to work out a basic paper that should pave the way for a possible coalition. Read more about it here.

FDP boss Christian Lindner comes to the meeting place: Apparently three topics are to be discussed on Tuesday.  (Source: dpa / Christophe Gateau)FDP boss Christian Lindner comes to the meeting place: Apparently three topics are to be discussed on Tuesday. (Source: Christophe Gateau / dpa)

The leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP began on Tuesday in Berlin with the second day of in-depth explorations to form a traffic light coalition. According to Baden-W├╝rttemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), three topics should be discussed. On Monday, the explorers had advised for around ten hours. In the early Tuesday afternoon, the three parties want to inform about the status of the explorations. A third round of talks and the conclusion of the explorations are planned for Friday. In negotiating circles it was said that this was an ambitious plan in view of the wealth of topics. When asked about the mood, FDP leader Christian Lindner said on Tuesday before the start of further deliberations: “difficult”.

In order to enable time-saving discussions, the three parties agreed on Monday to hold the exploratory rounds in the smallest possible groups. Depending on the topic, only one specialist politician should be added to the core of the party leadership. Unlike on Monday, the party leaders of the Greens, Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, this time not together with Lindner and FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing arrived at the negotiating venue at the Berlin fair.

The deputy leader of the Greens, Agnieszka Brugger, believes that an agreement between the traffic light parties on foreign and security policy is possible. This also applies to the future equipment of the Bundeswehr in view of the increasing financial leeway, said Brugger the broadcasters RTL / ntv. “But I haven’t read in any party program that anyone wants to cut 20 percent,” she added.

Police unions warn the negotiators of the SPD, Greens and FDP against legalizing cannabis. The federal chairman of the police union (GdP), Oliver Malchow, told the “Neue Osnabr├╝cker Zeitung” (NOZ) that it made no sense to open the door to another “dangerous and often trivialized” drug in addition to the legal but dangerous alcohol . “It has to be an end to glossing over the joint,” he said. The consumption of cannabis can lead to considerable health problems and social conflicts, especially among young people.

The chairman of the German Police Union (DPolG), Rainer Wendt, told the newspaper that cannabis is not only a dangerous gateway drug, but also a danger, especially for young people, because its composition cannot be controlled. Wendt fears fatal consequences, especially in road traffic: “If people with stoned people soon take part in road traffic, we will have a problem.” Accidents with innocent injured people are already occurring again and again because of cannabis consumption; the control by the police is completely inadequate.

The SPD, the Greens and the FDP continue to talk today, Tuesday, about the formation of the first traffic light coalition at the federal level. The close circle of exploratory teams meets again in Berlin. After the discussion, which is scheduled to last around four hours, the parties want to comment publicly on the status of the deliberations around noon. A decision for or against coalition negotiations is not yet expected – another meeting is scheduled for Friday.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the general secretaries of the parties want to continue working in a small group, while SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz travels to Washington to meet the G20 finance ministers. The aim is to take stock of the interim balance at the end of the week – and to decide whether the three of you will enter into coalition negotiations.

After its historically poor result in the federal election a little more than two weeks ago, the Union continues to slide in favor of the voters. In a new survey by the Insa Institute for “Bild”, the CDU and CSU together come to 19.5 percent – 1.5 percentage points less than in the previous week and the worst Insa result for the Union ever.

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