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The SPD, Greens and FDP are continuing their talks. But police unions give the possible coalitioners a warning along the way. 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.

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.

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.

“Our result shows that many voters no longer knew how the values ​​of the CDU, which we still stand behind, translate into the new era,” Strobl told the newspapers. All members should then be involved in the preparation and adoption. The current basic program dates from 2007. Under the former party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a new program was tackled in 2018. However, it was not passed before the general election.

The negotiators from the SPD, Greens and FDP ended their second exploratory round after almost ten hours. Read more about it here.

After the weak general election, the CDU is putting everything to the test: the entire board is to be re-elected in the next few months. First, however, one wants to involve the party base more closely. Read the full story here.

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