Monday, November 29, 2021

On Monday – coalition negotiations return at the top level

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From Monday the SPD, FDP and Greens will go into the next round in coalition negotiations. The talks should be concluded this month. At one point, however, they could fail.

The coalition negotiations to form a traffic light government will enter the next round on Monday. The talks between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP are returning to the top level after 22 working groups made up of specialist politicians presented their results on the individual subject areas on Wednesday. Remaining points of dispute are now to be clarified in top rounds of the 21-person main negotiating group.

So far, details of the negotiations have hardly got outside because the parties have agreed to maintain strict secrecy in order not to burden the negotiations with public debates. According to the previous plan, negotiations on a coalition agreement should be concluded this month. In the St. Nicholas week from December 6th, Olaf Scholz is to be elected Chancellor and the government is to be sworn in in the Bundestag.

Green leader Robert Habeck increased the pressure on climate protection on Friday and warned of failure. If the parties could not agree on measures to comply with the 1.5 degree target agreed in the exploratory talks, “then we have failed in the coalition negotiations,” he said on RBB-Inforadio. The SPD and FDP were optimistic that it would stick to the agreed schedule.

Habeck’s co-party leader Annalena Baerbock was dissatisfied with the progress made in the negotiations a week ago. On central construction sites it is not yet clear when an agreement can be reached. “You cannot just write progress on an exploratory paper, and that is not going to change much.” When asked whether an agreement is possible in the planned schedule, Habeck said on the RBB Inforadio: “Possible, but not certain”.

According to a report by “Bild am Sonntag”, the Greens are pressing for the distribution of the ministries between the three parties to be clarified right at the start of the main negotiations on Monday. A negotiator is said to have said that only when it is clear who has to implement what in the government will the willingness to compromise increase. It is customary for personnel issues to be clarified at the end of joint discussions.

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