The SPD Chancellor’s candidate, Olaf Schultz, campaigned vigorously for the Traffic Lights Coalition. “There is something for you if you want to put that together,” Schultz said Tuesday evening in Berlin. “It could be a government where three parties with different but overlapping ideas come together for progress.” The Green Party and the Free Democratic Party have already started bilateral talks on forming a government together.
The Social Democratic Party has always been a party that saw the political application of law, freedom and a better life as possible. Like the SPD, the Greens see stopping man-made climate change and the environmental issues surrounding it as pivotal, but “of course they’re focusing more on that,” Schultz said at the Parliamentary Left party in late summer at the SPD parliamentary group in Berlin. . . The Liberal Party also has ideas of progress that overlap with what we see.” Schulz mentioned the issue of civil rights and the modernization of the country.
Citizens do not want a government with parties fighting each other. The responsibility is great. “It’s going to be a tough time, but I also say at the end that when we form the government, it has to be good enough to be re-elected — and that’s the really big project,” Schultz said.
The leader of the SPD parliamentary group Rolf Mutzenic went to struggle in the union after the disastrous CDU/CSU elections. “Of course the Union faction is now going through difficult hours,” Mutzenic said. But it is important for Parliament to have an opposition as well. “The country does not belong to the CDU/CSU,” Mützenich said. The country belongs to the citizens who voted for Schultz. This Wednesday, Mutzenic is running for the re-election of 206 members of the new SPD parliamentary group. A very good result is expected.
The leaders of the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party began talks on forming a government. On Tuesday, FDP leader Christian Lindner and party general secretary Volker Wessing took part in the first meeting of the so-called Preliminary Tests, party chairs Robert Habeck and Annalena Barbock of the Green Party. A photo on Lindner and Barbuck’s Instagram account showed the four politicians at the meeting. “In the search for a new government, we explore similarities and bridges across divisions. We even find some. Exciting times,” she said on both accounts.
The stated goal of both parties is to agree on the basic lines of political cooperation, which should serve as a precondition for the “return” of government policy in Germany. Only later the FDP and the Green Party want to talk to a potential chancellor’s party, that is, with the SPD or the Union.
The leader of the re-elected Union Parliamentary Group Ralph Brinkhaus assumes that Armin Laschet does not want to become the leader of the Parliamentary Group if the Union ends up in opposition. “Armen Laschet will certainly not run for the presidency of the parliamentary group if we enter the opposition,” Brinkhaus said Tuesday evening in TagStemen. “In that regard, I’m not a placeholder and I don’t feel that way either.” Brinkhaus was re-elected in the evening with 85 percent of the vote in the Union Parliamentary group – but only until the end of April and not, as usual, for a year. Instead, Brinkhaus said, Laschet would take over the party’s care if the union did not govern. “As the head of the party, you are very busy.”
If, after its defeat in the elections, the union really had to enter the opposition, then the presidency of the parliamentary group would be the most important position that would remain. The CDU and CSU agree that the Greens and the FDP now want to advance talks on the Jamaica coalition, Brinkhaus said in TagSteman. It is clear that the Federation could not make any claims after the defeat to the SPD. But the Jamaica coalition is another potential option besides the traffic lights made up of the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party. CDU/CSU dropped to a historic low of 24.1% in the federal election. SPD had the strongest strength at 25.7%.
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