The timetable for the new government should be in place in a few days. But there is a problem with crucial issues such as transport, climate, financial or social policy. The Greens in particular are in dire straits.
Markus Balser, Michael Bauchmüller, Constanze von Bullion, Cerstin Gammelin and Henrike Roßbach, Berlin
It began with enthusiasm and ease: almost two weeks ago the SPD, Greens and FDP started talks about a government alliance. But with the start of the hot negotiation phase, the mood threatens to change in some areas. The 22 working groups and 300 negotiators have to present their results to the party leaders by 6 p.m. on Wednesday. “Font size 11, Calibri, line spacing 1.5” and on a maximum of five pages – that’s what the coalition guidelines for the working groups say. However, negotiators are now also having doubts as to whether the schedule can be met. In the case of many differences, there are still no compromises in sight. Insiders see the biggest problems in four areas.
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