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Traffic light soundings in Berlin – "The moment of truth is before us"

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In the explorations of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, things are getting down to business these days. The parties could decide this week whether they want to negotiate a coalition.

When exploring a possible joint government alliance of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, groundbreaking decisions could be made on Friday. The “hour of truth” is imminent, said FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing on Tuesday in Berlin. He spoke of a litmus test.

The aim is to create a “basis for decision-making” by Friday as to whether the respective bodies can be recommended to start coalition negotiations. It is now a matter of clarifying the big questions.

SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil said that all relevant topics had now been discussed. “We set out together. That worked out very well.” But there is still a long way to go and one or the other hurdle. The tasks are not too small, said Klingbeil, who was also confident. He believes “that can be a good thing”.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the general secretaries of the parties and their staff are to speak to each other. During this time, SPD chancellor candidate and finance minister Olaf Scholz is in Washington.

Greens Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner spoke of very intensive discussions. “We didn’t read the party programs to each other.” Rather, it was about solving the country’s problems. The number of similarities has increased and the number of differences has decreased. There were still things to be clarified. “It’s not always easy to find solutions between two parties, but the fact that we want to build bridges between three parties – that was noticeable.”

The main sticking points in the explorations are differences in tax and financial policy. Wissing had confirmed the position of the FDP at the weekend: “All interlocutors know our demands: no tax increases and no easing of the debt brake,” he told the “Bild am Sonntag”.

Klingbeil said on Tuesday that the three parties share a responsibility to achieve something for the country. One wants to take the citizens with us and give them security in the transformation.

In view of the efforts for more climate protection, the economy is facing a profound structural change. In addition to climate protection, Klingbeil named digitization, a “modern state” and Europe as further topics.

Wissing said that an exploration would only be successful if one had found a common understanding and interpretation of what was said. “What we are currently doing within the scope of the explorations is first of all to clarify the big questions that we know pose hurdles. It is, if you will, also a kind of litmus test of whether partners are able to be interlocutors are able to clarify big questions with each other in such a way that everyone can find a feasible way of finding a solution. “

This is a prerequisite for tackling the many complex issues one is faced with when negotiating coalition negotiations.

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.

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