The first meeting between the Union and the Greens remained without much knowledge. The union is ready to ally, and now has to wait to see how the Greens and the FJP decide.
After concluding the first series of exploratory talks in Germany, the Greens have now announced internal consultations on how to proceed. Green Party chief Robert Habeck said Tuesday after exploratory talks between the Union and the Greens in Berlin that the Greens and the Free Democratic Party will now certainly hold the talks in their committees as a whole. The president of the CDU, Armin Laschet, spoke of open exchange and considered that opposites can be overcome.
Laschet explained that the Jamaica coalition could have a breadth of society that would make it possible to modernize and advance the country. The contradictions also became apparent. But it is not that opposites cannot be overcome. This should be deepened is worth it. But that will be decided by the FDP and the Greens. The union is ready for the alliance.
Marcus Soder, president of the CSU, would like talks between the union and the Greens to continue. The first meeting was very constructive and honest. A lot of points were “taken closely,” including the important climate issue. However, in other areas, there is still a great need for discussion – for example on the topic of migration. But Sodder emphasized, “If everyone is willing to connect with each other, I think there will be great opportunities to continue such a conversation.”
Green leader Annalena Barbock has made decisions about how to move forward in the next few days. In the conversation with the Federation, potential overlaps were explored, but there were also divisions. Today and Tomorrow must now be compared internally to see what is possible. In the social and political spheres, the Greens and the Union tend to diverge from one another, but in other areas there are common interests, such as digitalization and environmental transformation.
The first round of separate exploratory talks ends with the Union/Green meeting just over a week after the federal election. First of all, the Greens and the FDP spoke to each other last week. On Sunday, SPD leaders discussed successively with the FDP and the Greens in order to explore opportunities for a joint government coalition. On Sunday evening, a meeting was held between the Union and the Free Democratic Party.
The Greens are seeking a traffic light alliance with the Social Democrats and the Free Democratic Party, but they do not rule out an alliance with the Union and the Free Democratic Party. The FDP is showing its inclination towards union, but it has yet to commit. The Jamaica Coalition – named after the flag’s black, yellow and green colors – is the only chance for Union Chancellor Armin Laschet’s only chance to save the Chancellery for the Union after all.
Concern about secrecy
Green leaders previously suggested that there was no discretion over the union. The Greens’ federal political director, Michael Kellner, said Tuesday on RTL/NTV “Early Start” that confidentiality has been agreed upon at all rounds. “The fact that communication is then made via Bild newspaper does not shed a good light on conditions in the Federation,” said Kellner, who is a member of Greene’s exploration team of ten. It was “remarkable” that something became known from the union’s only exploratory meeting – the meeting with the LDP on Sunday. “It really bothered us.” Asked if he was concerned about talks between the Greens and the union, and whether everything would be kept a secret, he said: “Yes, I am concerned.”
Green politicians Cem Ozdemir and Jürgen Tritten also expressed doubts about the negotiating power of the CDU and CSU. On Tuesday, Özdemir said on the “RTL Direkt” program that the fact that the results from the meeting between the PYD and the FDP were leaked was not exactly a vote of confidence and “a sign of internal management problems.” This is an indication that the union has a big problem.
Is the CDU “willing and able”?
“The decisive point today will be whether the CDU is actually willing and able to reach such negotiations and corresponding agreements at all,” Trittin said. “Germany simply cannot afford a month-long clarification process,” he said on the Deutschlandfunk website. At the same time, the politician, who belongs to the left wing of the party, stressed the differences: “We also know how dangerous the obstacles are.
Initially, the Greens and the FDP spoke to each other in two meetings. On Sunday, SPD leaders discussed successively with the FDP and the Greens in order to explore opportunities for a joint government coalition. On Sunday evening, a meeting was held between the Union and the Free Democratic Party. The Greens are seeking a traffic light alliance with the Social Democrats and the Free Democratic Party, but they do not rule out an alliance with the Union and the Free Democratic Party. The FDP shows its inclination towards the union.
After talks between the union and the Greens, it should become clear relatively quickly whether further rounds of talks are necessary before a decision is made on whether to start formal coalition negotiations. All parties declared that there would be no long pending game. In Berlin, a traffic light government made up of the SPD, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party was initially expected to be negotiated.
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