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SPD chief sees traffic light conversations on track

SPD chief sees traffic light conversations on track

Despite unanswered questions, SPD leader Norbert Walter Borgens sees negotiations on the Traffic Lights Alliance on the right track. “If coalition negotiations go smoothly, one will have to ask who is running against who is in the election,” the outgoing party chief told Augsburger Allgemeine (Thursday). He stressed that “there are three parties on the table, we do not want to merge, we want to form a coalition.”

“Judging by this, we’re on the right track,” Walter Burgess added. The Parliamentary Director of the Free Democratic Party, Marco Buschmann, was also optimistic. “We are still confident that we will stick to the schedule,” he told Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper. “Our timing is very good,” he stressed. “We are one step ahead in many points and we will find a solution,” said the FDP politician with a financial viewpoint. Compromises can be found in climate policy.

On Wednesday evening, the deadline for the 22 working groups to present their findings to the party leaders of the Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party expired. But there are still important unanswered questions. There has been progress in areas such as climate, finance, transport and foreign and defense policy, but papers from working groups contain brackets – meaning there is still no agreement on points, German news agency DPA learned on Wednesday evening. This should now be resolved in the first rounds.

The two sides of the traffic lights want to conclude negotiations by the end of November. The Bundestag will elect former Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) as chancellor, and his government will be sworn in during St Nicholas Week from December 6.

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