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Blog on the formation of a government in Wissing: "The moment of truth is before us"

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In Berlin, the SPD, Greens and FDP commented on the status of the traffic light exploration. A paper should be prepared by Friday that enables coalition negotiations. 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.

After a day and a half of preliminary assessments for a possible traffic light coalition, the general secretaries of the parties have issued statements. By Friday they want to work out a basic paper that should pave the way for a possible coalition. Read the most important quotes here:

Michael Kellner (Greens): “Talked about how we can solve the country’s problems.” The number of similarities has increased, but there are still things that need to be clarified. We will continue to prepare until Friday.

Lars Klingbeil (SPD): “We set out together, but we still have a long way to go.” He was confident that common hurdles could be overcome. Digitization, the question of the modern state – those were topics. One now wants to tackle the big challenges. “Creating security in times of change and showing the citizens that politics is thinking of them.” Everything has to be prepared by Friday in such a way that there is a common understanding. “We are strong when we get something off the ground together.” He thinks it could be something good.

Volker Wissing (FDP): They talked to each other in a good tone. It will now be put on paper what can be carried together. The aim is to have a “basis for decision-making” by Friday in order to recommend a coalition negotiation. “The moment of truth is before us”. Only at the end of the exploratory process can one say exactly how a coalition is possible. “This is a serious and difficult exploratory process.”

Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann had previously revealed which topics were discussed during the explorations of the SPD, Greens and FDP. “Europe, migration and flight – and something else, I wasn’t there,” said the Green politician when he left the negotiating venue in Berlin after the exploratory round had ended on Tuesday.

SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich is satisfied with the state of the explorations. “It is developing well,” says Mützenich when leaving the venue.

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-Württemberg’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 Osnabrücker 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.

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