Potential German Coalition: Greens Willing to Compromise

Potential German Coalition: Greens Willing to Compromise

Prior to the second round of so-called preliminary explorations with the Free Democrats (FDP), the Greens are signalling a willingness to compromise – for example, with regard to the speed limit on the German Autobahn.

Five days after the federal elections, the parties are starting their explorations to form a new government. The Greens and FDP are meeting today for their second round of talks, which will focus more specifically on the content and goals of a possible future coalition.

The Greens and FDP initiated talks on forming a government on Tuesday. Before the renewed meeting, the first steps towards rapprochement appear to exist: The chairman of the Green parliamentary group, Anton Hofreiter, signalled a willingness to talk on the subject of the speed limit. “I do not believe in making individual measures a condition. It complicates the negotiations and does not do justice to our task,” he told German media. Although the Greens went into talks with the “entire positions”, “this also includes a speed limit of 130 on motorways”. However, it is “now not a question of dashes, but a departure for climate neutrality, progress and justice”.

For its part, the FDP emphasized the importance of deleting criminal law paragraph 219a, which makes advertising for abortion a punishable offence for coalition negotiations. This concern connects the FDP and the Greens. The CDU / CSU, on the other hand, wants to keep §219a.

The issues that the Greens and FDP negotiate with each other can significantly impact further explorations – because ultimately, the question is whether the Greens and FDP will decide together for an SPD or a CDU / CSU-led coalition, i.e. a so-called traffic light or a Jamaica alliance.

The SPD and the Union will start talks on Sunday. Before that, the CSU leadership meets on Friday. The party praesidium wants to set the course for the explorations in a video conference.

Image by Andreas Praefcke (Wikimedia)/Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

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