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In terms of content, not much has leaked out from the exploratory talks. But the SPD negotiator is believed to be going well. 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.

SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz expects quick talks to form a traffic light coalition. The atmosphere in the previous explorations has been very constructive, said the Federal Finance Minister to journalists in front of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. He was certain that the project could succeed “and that we will have a new government before Christmas,” said Scholz, who was in the USA for a meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP want to decide this week whether they will enter into coalition negotiations to form a joint federal government. What has been discussed so far should be put on paper by the next round of negotiations on Friday. Then the so-called 26th round will come together with six representatives from the SPD and ten each from the Greens and FDP. You should decide whether the paper can form a sufficient basis for coalition talks.

If this is answered in the affirmative, a state council would have to give the green light for the Greens on Sunday, the party executive committee for the SPD and the federal executive committee for the FDP.

SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach is in favor of legalizing cannabis in a possible coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. “For years I refused to legalize cannabis. In the meantime, as a doctor, I have come to a different conclusion: more and more often, new types of heroin that can be smoked are added to illegally sold street cannabis. This quickly drives cannabis users into a heroin addiction.” Lauterbach told the newspaper “Rheinische Post.

Legalizing cannabis would put a stop to the contaminated hash trade. “I am therefore in favor of us formulating a passage on the legal and controlled distribution of cannabis to adults in a possible coalition agreement with the Greens and the FDP.”

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer is calling for the next federal government to introduce a gasoline price brake. “Around two thirds of the gasoline price is influenced by the state with taxes and duties,” says the CSU politician of the “Bild” newspaper. “The state must therefore intervene at the latest at a price of 1.99 euros per liter and, in return, lower taxes.” He called on FDP leader Christian Lindner to implement a corresponding price brake in the talks for a traffic light alliance.

CDU Federal Vice-President Thomas Strobl assumes that party leader Armin Laschet will no longer become Federal Chancellor even in the case of a Jamaica coalition. If the Greens and the FDP wanted to hold such talks, Laschet, as CDU chairman, would still be the first point of contact, said Strobl. “Who then conducts such negotiations should be seen.” It is also not automatically the case that Laschet would be the candidate for chancellor in the case of a coalition with the Greens and the FDP.

Strobl estimates the chances for a Jamaica coalition as “very low” – because of the lost federal election, but also because of the lack of professionalism of the union in the preliminary rounds with the Greens and FDP. He was pissed off because, contrary to the agreement, information from the talks with the Greens leaked out from the Union. “It’s embarrassing,” said Strobl.

After one and a half days of preliminary sounding for a possible traffic light coalition, the party secretaries have issued statements. By Friday they want to work out a basic paper that should pave the way for a possible coalition. Read more about it here.

FDP boss Christian Lindner comes to the meeting place: Apparently three topics are to be discussed on Tuesday.  (Source: dpa / Christophe Gateau)FDP boss Christian Lindner comes to the meeting place: Apparently three topics are to be discussed on Tuesday. (Source: Christophe Gateau / dpa)

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

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