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ROUNDUP 2: Negotiations on the traffic light coalition agreement before the conclusion

Wednesday, 11/24/2021 11:18 AM from

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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.

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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