Germany: SPD, Greens and FPD Negotiations to Form Government Begin

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THE Olaf Solts Chancellor could be sworn in as early as the second week of December, Social Democratic Party (SPD) general secretaries said earlier tonight Lars Klingbaile and the Liberals (FDP) Volker Vissing, shortly before the formal start of negotiations for formation of a governing coalition between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP.

According to Mr. Vissing, by the end of November it is feasible the program agreement has been completed, so that after December 6 the new chancellor can be sworn in and the new government can be installed.

Mr Klingbail, for his part, explained that negotiations would begin next Wednesday. Work groups, which, according to the program, should have reached the basic positions by November 10, as broadcast by ΑΠΕ ΜΠΕ.

Any issues that are pending will be forwarded to settle on central negotiations, from which the program agreement should emerge by the end of November.

The general manager of the Greens Michael Kellner He said it was a difficult task in terms of timing, but expressed confidence that the negotiations would be successful. Thus, he said, the Greens will have the opportunity to join a federal government for first time after 16 years and co-form a “new start”.

Mr. Kellner also stressed that the issues that were settled in the exploratory talks, not will reopen. “Where we have agreed, we have agreed,” he said, noting at the same time that many issues have been deliberately excluded from the first phase.

The procedure that follows

The outcome of the negotiations should be ratified from the three parties.

To this end, the FDP has announced that it will put it to approval Extraordinary conference, the Greens will address electronics to their members.

All three parties have set a goal of completing the process before from Christmas.

This is an “ambitious timetable,” Mr Vissing said, adding that the issue for the parties was for Germany to have a stable government as soon as possible.

“It is good for the talks to address the contentious issues quickly. “When we talk too much, the problems do not become smaller,” he said characteristically.

Referring to the resignation of the chairman of the Bundesbank Jens Weidmann, Mr. Klingbail stressed that the choice of his successor will not be a matter of talks, but of the next government.

Seven topics, 22 working groups

In a 12-page text, the leaders of the three parties have formulated common targets which emerged from their exploratory conversations.

Some controversial issues have already been resolved, but many remain open, such as the financing of planned projects.

Thematically, the negotiations are divided into seven major categories: Modern State and Digitization, Climate Protection, Labor, Family and Children, Freedom and Security, External and Defense, Fiscal. In total, 22 teams will work on the elaboration of the government program.

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