The Greens begin their extraordinary congress to discuss a coalition government in Germany


The Greens of Germany, the third strongest force in last week’s elections, started an extraordinary congress this Saturday to draw up a plan for negotiations on the future coalition government in the country.

At the end of the meeting, a hundred delegates will formally entrust a group of 10 members, led by party leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, to carry out more exploratory talks with the rest of the political forces.

The Greens had already held talks on Friday with the Liberals (FDP), who came in fourth place in Sunday’s elections, to explore their role as potential facilitators in a tripartite coalition.

Both parties will hold coalition talks with Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), who emerged as the winner of the vote with 25.7 percent, and outgoing Chancellor Angela’s conservative bloc led by Christian Democrats (CDU / CSU). Merkel over the weekend.

The CDU / CSU alliance came in second with 24.1%, while the Greens got 14.8% and the FDP 11.5%.

Both the SPD and the Conservatives seek to lead the new government and hope to form tripartite coalitions with the Greens and the FDP. The two smallest parties made significant gains compared to the last elections in 2017.

“We derive from the election results a clear mandate to assume responsibility for shaping the country and forming a progressive government,” reads the ruling motion of the federal executive board for the Green Party conference.

FDP leader Christian Lindner also referred to the federal election as a turning point after Friday’s talks. “We believe that together we have the task of organizing the renewal in Germany,” he asserted, before admitting differences with the Greens, particularly with regard to climate policies and finances.

SPD senior lawmaker Rolf Muetzenich expressed optimism ahead of the coalition’s talks with the FDP and the Greens scheduled for Sunday.

“I think it is possible to achieve good results quickly,” Muetzenich, part of SPD leader Olaf Scholz’s negotiating team, told DPA.

The CDU / CSU alliance also plans to meet with the FDP for talks Sunday night, while negotiations with the Greens are scheduled for Tuesday.

Conservative leader Armin Laschet has not given up hope of forming his own coalition, despite a deeply disappointing election result, as well as skepticism in his party and among the general public.

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