ROUNDUP: Traffic light parties want to present coalition agreement
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The SPD, Greens and FDP want to present their coalition agreement for a joint federal government on Wednesday. The three parties unanimously invited to a press conference at 3 p.m. in Berlin. A good eight weeks after the federal election, details of the cooperation that have so far been treated confidentially between the parties should become public.
Today, Wednesday, the main round of negotiations of the three parties will hold their final session. Afterwards, the chairmen of the three parties and candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz will present the coalition agreement negotiated over the past few weeks.
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 negotiating group made up of six 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. The previous Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) is to be elected Chancellor in the Bundestag during St. Nicholas Week. After 16 years, the era of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), who did not run again in the federal elections on September 26th, ends.
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./hrz/DP/eas
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