German Greens and CDU report ‘constructive’ coalition talks | Germany

The Green Party and the German conservatives called the first round of exploratory coalition talks “constructive”.

The comment came after the first formal meeting since last month’s election between the likely head of the king of a future government and the Christian Democrats (CDU), second.

Despite pressure on CDU’s Armin Laschet to give up his claim to a place in government after the party renders its worst ever result, he is pushing forward in his attempts to woo both the Greens and the pro-business FDP to form a CDU led Jamaican Coalition, said to be because of the yellow, black and green colors of the three parties matching those of the Jamaican flag.

Annalena Baerbock, the Greens’ main candidate, who obtained just under 15% of the vote, said the two-hour discussion on Tuesday had been “constructive and objective” but that no decision would be taken in the coming days.

The Greens have long favored a coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD), who narrowly won the largest share of the vote in the September 26 vote.

But the FDP, which got just 11.5% and is seen as the other kingmaker, would prefer a partnership with the CDU. The most obvious coalition options will need to involve a third party.

Laschet said on Tuesday his conservative alliance, which won just over 24%, “is fundamentally prepared for such a union” and called the meeting a “good trade”.

The SPD, led by its candidate chancellor Olaf Scholz, had bilateral talks with the Greens and the FDP on Sunday and said it was ready for three-party talks.

The most popular result with the German electorate, according to a series of polls, is a “traffic light” coalition led by the SPD with the Greens and the FDP, with the party colors red, green and yellow.

In a new poll Tuesday for broadcasters RTL / ntv-Trendbarometer, 74% of those polled were in favor of the CDU joining the opposition, after 16 years in the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

While 48% of CDU / CSU voters said conservatives should try to form a Jamaican coalition, almost an equal number, 47%, said they should join the opposition; 53% of all respondents were in favor of a traffic light coalition, and only 22% wanted Jamaica.

A repeat of the grand coalition between the CDU / CSU and the SPD, which has been in power for 12 of the past 16 years, is seen as an administration of last resort, if talks between the other formations fail, and does not has the support of only 12% of the electorate, according to the poll.

All parties stressed the need for a faster conclusion of the talks than after the last elections in 2017, when they dragged on for almost six months.

The pressure is mounting due to the challenges facing Germany, including the post-pandemic economic recovery and widespread structural reforms in an effort to tackle climate change.

But observers insist that the complexity of a three-party coalition means the prospect of a new government before Christmas would be optimistic.

The FDP and the SPD in particular accused the CDU of breaking the rules by disclosing details of their respective bilateral talks to the German media.

Merkel will remain in power in an interim role until a new government is in place.

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