Traffic light breakthrough: Klingbeil names the date for the coalition agreement – and a specific ministerial plan

  • Florian Naumann

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What about the traffic light coalition? The SPD, the Greens and the FDP are negotiating “unexpectedly quickly”. Now there is a date for the coalition agreement and the distribution of ministries.

Update from November 16, 2:22 p.m .: This concludes the statement by the three future traffic light coalitionists. The most important news: The SPD, the Greens and the FDP said they made “unexpectedly fast” progress on the way to a coalition agreement. A paper is to be presented as early as the coming week – according to SPD General Lars Klingbeil, including the division of ministries among the three parties. However, this last point has apparently not yet been resolved internally.

There were three traffic light politicians who were comparatively relaxed, and Wissing in particular appeared with a solid smile. At the same time, Klingbeil, Kellner and Wissing also kept a possible later presentation of the coalition agreement open. It was still a “show of strength” necessary, it said. The traffic light negotiators did not want to comment on the open questions about Corona. The day before there was an uncomfortable back and forth about a possible vaccination requirement for several professional groups.

Update from November 16, 2:19 p.m .: “Thoroughness comes before speed,” emphasizes Kellner again – after first putting the two words in the wrong order. Therefore, one will not commit to a fixed weekday for the presentation of the coalition paper. “There are seven days in a week,” he says. The advice takes time, precisely because you don’t want to resort to formula compromises, Wissing explains afterwards.

Update from November 16, 2:15 p.m.: When asked, Klingbeil explains that “content” is currently being talked about. When the coalition agreement is presented next week, the division of responsibilities between the parties should also be clarified. Wissing lets it be known: The question of the distribution of ministries has probably not yet been specifically resolved – usually a few people talk about these questions last, he says.

Traffic light coalition: Klingbeil names date for coalition agreement

On the way to the traffic light coalition: the green leaders Michael Kellner, Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck

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Update from November 16, 2:12 p.m .: “I hope you understand that we do without cheering pictures and balcony scenes,” said SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil. Nevertheless, one advanced faster than taken. Now, however, there are also more difficult tasks to be solved. The SPD politician also emphasizes at the same time that he is confident that the schedule can be adhered to. Today should be spoken “open end”. A finished coalition agreement should be presented in the next week.

Update from November 16, 2:10 p.m .: FDP General Volker Wissing reports on a draft text that has been discussed since Monday – presumably it is already a kind of preliminary stage to a coalition agreement. It is going “a little faster” than expected, says Wissing. The liberal also speaks of a “show of strength” that is necessary to bring the three parties together. Just reading through the draft once would take “several hours”.

Update from November 16, 2:06 p.m .: With a few minutes delay, the traffic light general secretaries are now starting their statement on the status of the coalition negotiations. Greens representative Michael Kellner once again speaks of a good and “thorough” atmosphere. Wednesday and Friday will continue to be spoken, on Thursday there will be a break because of the corona deliberations in the Bundestag. They want to stick to the schedule until Santa Claus week.

Traffic light comes out of cover: What are the SPD, Greens and FDP announcing today?

Preliminary report: Berlin – The traffic light parties come out of cover again on Tuesday: At 2 p.m., the General Secretaries Lars Klingbeil (SPD) and Volker Wissing (FDP) and their Green counterpart Michael Kellner in Berlin want to comment on the current status of the coalition negotiations.

Traffic light coalition: statement planned – parties were differently optimistic on Tuesday morning

Negotiations will take place beforehand: In the morning, the 21 top traffic light negotiators met for further discussions. They had already sat together for nine hours on Monday to pour the results of the 22 working groups into a coalition paper. Possibly there are still some rifts to be bridged – that was recently apparently at least behind the scenes from the ranks of the FDP working group participants.

Officially, the SPD, Greens and FDP are still on course. Although different nuances could be heard in the statements of the partners: The mood of the negotiators was “result-oriented”, said FDP parliamentary group manager Marco Buschmann on Tuesday morning. FDP Vice Wolfgang Kubicki also made it clear that there are always points of contention. Green leader Annalena Baerbock was more positive: “The situation is always good.” The outgoing SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans also spoke of a good atmosphere.

Traffic light negotiations are ongoing: Corona keeps the SPD, Greens and FDP on their toes – is the Chancellor’s schedule keeping?

SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz was already very satisfied on Monday evening. “Everything is going very, very well and constructively,” he said at an event by Süddeutsche Zeitung. It was possible to untie a number of knots in such a way that things could go on “properly”.

The traffic light parties are already struggling very specifically with the handling of the worsening corona crisis. On Monday there was brief but lasting confusion about a mandatory vaccination announcement by the Greens. Energy is required on Thursday: the Bundestag is to pass a new, tightened draft law on traffic lights. There is also a corona summit with the prime ministers.

According to the previous plan, negotiations on a coalition agreement should be concluded this month. In the St. Nicholas week from December 6th, Scholz is to be elected Chancellor and his government to be sworn in in the Bundestag. (fn / dpa)

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