One week after the federal elections, the SPD and the Union are fully engaged in the struggle for a future federal government. The Social Democrats’ Explorers want to discuss this Sunday for two hours separately with the FDP and the Greens about the coalition of traffic lights that Chancellor’s candidate Olaf Scholz (63) is seeking.
In the evening, CDU and CSU representatives want to explore opportunities for Jamaica’s alliance with the Greens for the first time with the FDP. Before that, there were already meetings between the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party. A discussion between CDU/CSU and the Greens is also scheduled Tuesday morning. Both the SPD, which has become the strongest force in the Bundestag elections, and the union must count on the support of both the Greens and the FDP to form a government.
The SPD became the strongest force in last Sunday’s Bundestag elections with 25.7 percent. The union fell to a low of 24.1 per cent. Greens came in third with 14.8 percent. It trailed the Free Democratic Party with 11.5 percent.
Traffic Lights Alliance or Jamaica Alliance?
The Greens and the FDP as recently linked partners met twice in secret rounds, on Friday showing unity after a meeting. At a party conference in Berlin on Saturday, the Greens expressed confidence that they would join a future alliance. The coalition of traffic lights that the Social Democrats are seeking are viewed favorably by the majority of the population, according to surveys.
The FDP, in turn, favored the Jamaica coalition. CDU leader Laschet made it clear that he wants to form such an alliance despite the electoral disaster. That is why members of the CDU’s expedition team met in Berlin on Saturday to prepare for talks with the FDP on Sunday and the Greens on Tuesday. “We are starting talks with the FDP and the Greens with a great sense of responsibility,” Paul Zimyak, general secretary of the CDU, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
FDP Secretary-General Volker Wesing confirmed in the Funke Media Group newspapers (Sunday) that the FDP is in public talks with the Union and the Social Democratic Party. “We have our core values and an independent program that we want to implement. We need allies for that.” At the same time, the union called for clarity on whether everyone was heading in the same direction. The newspaper “Rheinische Post” reported that there was a major shaking of the head at the CSU due to difficult agreements with the CDU. Lindner also turned The leader of the Free Democratic Party to the Union He told Bild am Sonntag that the CDU and CSU should clarify whether they really wanted to lead the government.
The pressure on Laschet increases
After the election disaster, the CDU discusses a new structure in terms of content and staff more openly, and pressure is mounting on party leader Laschet. “There should be a federal caucus for that, no later than January,” said party deputy Jens Spahn (41) of Welt am Sonntag. “No one can deny that there were mistakes in the election campaign and that our first candidate was not drawn correctly.” Several CDU politicians called for members to vote on a new lineup if the Jamaican explorations failed.
“Lachtet sticks to the Jamaican perspective because he thinks that’s his life insurance,” Martin Schulz, 65, a former SPD chairperson, said when asked about the reasons for Laschet’s persistence. This leads to a pending game in the Federation. “Had it not been for the theoretical possibility of Jamaica, the Lachet people would have been forced to resign. None of their enemies have come out of cover yet, because none of them wanted to be the bad guy.” (SDA)
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