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Government-building blog Traffic light negotiators end talks after almost ten hours

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The three parties ended their next round of negotiations without a sound. They will probably only comment on Tuesday. All information in the news blog.

The SPD narrowly won the federal election with 25.7 percent of the vote. The Union landed behind with 24.1 percent. In order to be able to lead a government, both parties need the support of the Greens and the FDP. The following alliances are mathematically possible: traffic light (red-green-yellow), Jamaica (black-green-yellow) and a grand coalition (red-black).

The negotiators from the SPD, Greens and FDP have started in-depth discussions about the political course of a possible first traffic light coalition at the federal level. Representatives of the three parties met on Monday for new explorations, initially to discuss details in smaller groups. The conversations ended in the evening after almost ten hours behind closed doors. On Friday, the traffic light parties want to draw an interim conclusion and possibly decide whether to start coalition negotiations. At the beginning of the talks on the grounds of the Berlin trade fairs, climate protectors called for more speed in order to curb global warming.

The parties each sent six representatives to the rounds of talks on Monday, which are to continue on Tuesday. On Monday, a number of controversial topics were on the agenda, as was heard from the parties. At the previous meetings, the FDP and the Greens had each sent ten negotiators, while the SPD had been with six politicians all the time.

The negotiators are not expected to speak publicly until Tuesday afternoon. Put the programs on top of each other and see what can be brought together well, said Thomas Kutschaty, the SPD state chief in North Rhine-Westphalia, at Tagesschau24. “In many areas I can imagine that we will actually achieve a socio-political awakening.”

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.

The chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in Saxony-Anhalt, Siegfried Borgwardt, speaks out in favor of a conference of district chairmen to clarify the personnel reorganization of the CDU. Like his CSU colleague Thomas Kreuzer, he calls for broader involvement of the party base, but does not advocate a member survey. “I assume that we see the conference of district chairmen as a very good means of involving the grassroots. In my opinion, this is the right form,” emphasized the CDU politician after a conference of the CDU and CSU parliamentary group chairmen in Magdeburg.

The Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) is calling for all leadership positions in the federal CDU – i.e. the entire party presidency and the federal executive committee – to be re-elected immediately before the start of the deliberations of the CDU leadership. That must happen this year. The basis must also be involved – whether in the form of a member’s decision or in another way, Kretschmer left open.

It is “not a burden that the party base is involved, but from my point of view a matter of course,” said Kretschmer. “Nobody should give the impression that the party base can now be pushed aside.” Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU), however, had spoken out in favor of leaving the personnel decisions to a party congress.

The presidium of the CDU met on Monday morning to deliberate on the repositioning of the party in terms of personnel and content after the election defeat. Party leader Armin Laschet had announced that he would explain his ideas for a special party congress to initiate the renewal of the party. Laschet strives for an amicable solution without personnel disputes.

The negotiators for a possible traffic light alliance have agreed on a procedure for the current explorations. After that, not only the SPD, but also the Greens and FDP will sound out with six people each, it is said from negotiating circles. Depending on the topic, a specialist politician would then be added to the core of the party leadership. This is to ensure that you can probe more quickly and with greater concentration, it said. The Greens and FDP had originally named ten people for the explorations, the SPD six.

Greens boss Robert Habeck: "We have to pull ourselves together a bit".  (Source: dpa / Michael Kappeler)Greens boss Robert Habeck: “We have to pull ourselves together a bit”. (Source: Michael Kappeler / dpa)

Green leader Robert Habeck has emphasized how important it is for the negotiations with the FDP to be successful. “Failure is actually not an option,” he said on Sunday evening in the ZDF program “Berlin direkt”. If a coalition of the SPD and the Union were to emerge again, Germany would “go nuts”. “We have to pull ourselves together a bit,” said Habeck.

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