ROUNDUP 2: Negotiations on the traffic light coalition agreement before the conclusion
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Two months after the federal election, the negotiations between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP on the formation of a traffic light government are about to be concluded. The three parties invited to a press conference this Wednesday afternoon (3 p.m.), at which they want to present their coalition agreement. Its details have so far been negotiated with absolute confidentiality. In the morning the main round of negotiations of the three parties came together for their final meeting.
According to the schedule of the three parties, the previous Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) is to be elected Chancellor in the Bundestag in the week from December 6th. After 16 years the era of Angela Merkel (CDU), who did not run again in the federal election on September 26th, ends. The Chancellor and her Union and SPD ministers met on Wednesday for what may be their last cabinet meeting. Merkel received a bouquet of flowers from Scholz. The cabinet then gathered for a group photo on a staircase in the Chancellery.
The coalition negotiations began on October 21, after the three traffic light parties had previously laid the foundation stone for them in explorations. They were led in a main round of negotiations, ultimately made up of seven high-ranking representatives from each party and in 22 working groups. In these, the politicians of the parties negotiated the details of the coalition agreement.
A coalition agreement must be approved by party congresses for the SPD and FDP and a member survey for the Greens. According to party information, the approximately 125,000 Greens members will be in a digital ballot on the contract from this Thursday. They should also decide on the Greens’ staffing board, such as the appointment of ministerial posts – “for the first time in our party history,” as Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner said of the German Press Agency.
“Every member can have a say in whether Bündnis90 / Die Grünen will join a federal government for the first time since 2005 as part of the first traffic light government in the federal government and whether this government will bring about a new beginning in terms of climate protection and social cohesion in this country,” said Kellner.
In an exploratory paper, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP had already made some “preliminary determinations” and cleared away some issues. In it they wrote “a comprehensive renewal of our country” and “a new departure” for Germany in order to cope with major challenges such as climate change, digitization, securing prosperity and social cohesion.
Probably in consideration of the election promises of the FDP, it was agreed that no new taxes on assets would be introduced and taxes such as income, corporate or value added tax would not be increased. In the first year of a traffic light coalition, the statutory minimum wage is to be increased to twelve euros per hour. This was a central election promise of the SPD. The voting age for Bundestag and European elections is to be reduced from 18 to 16 years.
In order to comply with the climate protection goals, the paper also stipulated that the phase-out from coal-fired power generation should be accelerated and, if possible, brought forward to 2030. So far, the coal phase-out is planned by 2038 at the latest. A general speed limit on motorways, as demanded by the Greens, should not come. On the subject of migration, it was agreed to speed up asylum procedures, family reunification procedures and returns. Legal access routes to Germany are to be created.
According to the usual rhythm of Bundestag weeks, the plenum would meet for the first time on December 8th during St. Should the chancellor election then take place, 73 days would have passed since the federal election. For comparison: After the 2017 election, the formation of a government took 171 days – longer than ever before. Four years earlier it had been 86 days. In contrast, the first and second red-green federal government of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) came about in only 30 days in 1998 and 2002./sk/DP/eas
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