SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans has rejected warnings from the ranks of the Greens that the coalition negotiations will fail.
Berlin – SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans has rejected warnings from the ranks of the Greens that the coalition negotiations will fail. “We discovered so many common bases in these talks that I am sure that we will overcome this jolting and that this will lead to a good result for the Greens and also for their own voters,” said Walter-Borjans on Monday after consultations with the SPD leadership in Berlin. This also applies to the FDP.
It is normal that “from a greater distance” are commented on a little harsher, so the FDP leader. Baden-Württemberg’s Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens) said in an interview that there was a risk of new elections if the SPD, Greens and FDP did not come together on climate protection in the next few days. The leadership of the Greens in the federal government had also sounded the alarm because of unresolved conflicts in the negotiations.
Walter-Borjans said: “The Greens have a very critical audience of their own in the membership and also a very critical audience in the electorate.” That is quite similar in the SPD. That is why he said from the start that “it is not just a cuddle in a coalition”. He said: “It cuddles and jerks.” In addition, the three parties have a joint mandate, “because others are out of the question as persons responsible for this country in the next few years”. There are still “good chances” of adhering to the previous schedule of the formation of the government.
Co-chairwoman Saskia Esken did not indirectly rule out the possibility of postponements in the stages leading up to the planned election of SPD candidate Olaf Scholz as chancellor in parliament in the Christmas week. She said that this common timetable should be achieved “from the end”. (dpa)