Start of coalition talks: new government in mid-December?

As of: October 21, 2021 4:41 p.m.

At the start of negotiations on a government alliance, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP presented their schedule: a coalition agreement should be in place by the end of November. Scholz could be elected Chancellor as early as the second week of December.

Before the start of the official coalition negotiations, SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil, Greens Federal Manager Michael Kellner and FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing presented the timetable for the formation of a government. Accordingly, the new government should quickly start work.

Klingbeil said that next Wednesday the politicians from all three parties should begin work on a joint government program in 22 working groups. The working groups should then – with the exception of the weekends – meet for discussions almost every day in order to develop position papers on the individual areas by November 10th. These should then go to the main negotiating group.

Wissing said that a contract should be presented by the end of November. The result then has to be confirmed within the party – with the FDP at a special party conference, with the Greens in the form of a digital membership survey.

In the week from December 6th, the new Federal Chancellor should be elected and the new government formed.

First coalition talks: The red-green-yellow coalition agreement should be in place at the end of November

Kristin Becker, ARD Berlin, daily news 8:00 p.m., October 21, 2021

Important points open in the exploratory paper

In a twelve-page exploratory paper, the heads of the three parties had formulated common goals and laid down the basis for the coalition negotiations.

They have already resolved some points of contention, but important points remain open – such as the financing of the planned projects.

Kellner made it clear that the resolutions of the exploratory paper will no longer be shaken in the coalition negotiations. “Where we have made agreements, we have made agreements,” he says – and pointed out that many topics had been deliberately excluded.

Klingbeil emphasized: “The working groups have been given the clear task of resolving conflicts there.”

“Ambitious Schedule”

Wissing spoke of an “ambitious schedule”. Kellner called the schedule “a complex undertaking”. It will also knot once in the negotiations. But he is sure that the coalition negotiations will succeed.

After the 2017 general election, negotiations to form a new government had taken months. After talks between the Union, the Greens and the FDP failed, a coalition of the Union and the SPD was formed.

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