Traffic light coalition agreement should be ready in the coming week – politics

The SPD, Greens and FDP have picked up speed again in their coalition negotiations after a temporary low mood. Leading representatives from all three parties expressed their optimism that a coalition agreement can be presented within the next week. SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz said at the economic summit of the Süddeutsche Zeitung: “Everything is going very, very well and constructively.” It had succeeded in tying a number of knots in such a way that things could go on “properly”. Also in the talks about tightened corona measures, which are not directly the subject of the coalition negotiations, there were signs of convergence on the controversial subject of mandatory vaccination.

The conclusion of the coalition talks next week is the prerequisite for the schedule set by the traffic light parties to be adhered to. Subject to the approval of the parties, Scholz could then be elected Chancellor in the week from December 6th.

FDP general secretary Volker Wissing drew a confident interim conclusion on the sidelines of the deliberations on Tuesday: the possible coalitionists are making “very good progress, a little faster than I expected”. Greens Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner said: “I am satisfied with many of the intermediate results achieved.” He added: “There are still many thick boards to be drilled.” But things are going ahead.

The Greens are closely monitored by their base, especially when it comes to climate protection. At the end of last week, party leader Robert Habeck had warned of the failure of talks on this issue. In the SPD and FDP, party congresses have to vote on the coalition agreement, the Greens want to hold a member survey.

Even before the coalition talks are concluded, the traffic light parties want to pass their first joint legislative project in the Bundestag on Thursday: A package of measures to contain the fourth corona wave is to be launched. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 32 048 new corona cases on Tuesday morning. That is 10,216 more than on Tuesday a week ago. The seven-day incidence rose to a record 312.4 from 303 the previous day. 265 other people died of or with the virus.

After the traffic light parties had agreed, among other things, on a 3G obligation in the workplace and on public transport, there were signs on Tuesday of convergence on the subject of mandatory vaccination for certain groups. Scholz said: “Personally, I am in favor of us starting the discussion now, after we entered differently in Germany.” But that is “a big, big step that many would not have taken a week ago”. The FDP had so far refused any compulsory vaccination. Now the parliamentary deputy of the Liberals Michael Theurer said on ZDF that he could “for example imagine compulsory vaccination for certain professional groups.”

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