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The SPD, Greens and FDP have started the second day of the “traffic light” soundings. What is the mood like during the negotiations? Christian Lindner answers with one word. 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.

The leaders of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP began the second day of in-depth explorations to form a traffic light coalition in Berlin on Tuesday. 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 the negotiators of the SPD, Greens and FDP before 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.

The SPD, on the other hand, continues to soar and now has 28.5 percent approval – 0.5 percentage points more than in the previous week and as much as last time in May 2017. The Greens have also improved, their approval rating also rose by 0.5 Percentage points to 16 percent now. The FDP rose by one percentage point and is now at 14.5 percent.

In principle, election surveys only reflect the opinion at the time of the survey and are not a prognosis for the outcome of the election. You are also always fraught with uncertainties. Among other things, declining party ties make it more difficult to weight the data collected.

The deputy CDU federal chairman Thomas Strobl has warned his party against only exchanging staff after the poor performance in the federal election. “We must not stop at the personnel renewal, but also have to add content,” said Strobl of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”. “The federal party congress should therefore revive the process that has been initiated for a new basic program.”

The CDU leadership decided on Monday to decide on the successor to party leader Armin Laschet by the beginning of 2022. As a consequence of the worst result in a Bundestag election, a special party congress should also re-elect the entire leadership of the CDU from the Presidium and the Federal Executive Committee.

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