Germany’s budding coalition partners likely to move toward formal talks – Politico

The three political parties seeking to form Germany’s next government hinted on Tuesday that formal talks could start sooner than expected – a sign that the new coalition could be sworn in before the end of the year.

Senior MPs from the parties have been holding exploratory talks of a potential “traffic light” alliance – with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Liberal Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party – since the weekend. in a Press Conference On Tuesday, Michael Kellner of the Green Party declared that “the amount of our shared views has increased, while the amount of differences has decreased.”

Kellner, the party’s general secretary, added that while some issues remain difficult, the parties will quickly prepare for their next big meeting on Friday.

“Speaking to each other in a polite and down-to-earth way is one thing – turning what has been said into writing, on the other hand, is a moment of truth,” said FDP counterpart Volker Wessing. He also indicated Friday as the date for his party leaders to decide whether or not to continue formal talks.

That means formal coalition talks could begin as early as next week, making the formation of a new government headed by SPD’s Olaf Schulz before Christmas a plausible scenario.

This result would be a sharp contrast to the exploratory coalition talks in 2017, which lasted until November before the FDP abruptly pulled out of joining the CDU and Green. This time, the two sides decided to tackle the difficult and important files first.

“It’s a question of talking about things that … in the end are really big issues that need to be resolved,” said Lars Klingbeil of the Social Democrats. “Exploratory talks are different from coalition talks, but the way we approach these exploratory conversations at the moment is very important to everything that could follow.”

The three refused to reveal the contents of their meetings, only noting that the atmosphere was constructive. When a reporter asked him if he thought a Traffic Light Alliance was now likely, Klingbeil smiled. “Like I just said, we’re on the right track,” he said.

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