Traffic light coalition wants to “start governing quickly” – deadline is set

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Negotiations to form a government are progressing. The SPD, the Greens and the FDP will jointly provide information on the progress.

+++ 02:29 p.m .: When is the traffic light coalition agreement now? One does not want to be tied to a weekday. Michael Kellner from the Greens reminds us that “as is well known, the week has seven days”. That is how much time you would take if necessary. So the deadline is the Friday of next week. This is confirmed – indirectly – by Volker Wissing from the FDP.

+++ 02:26 p.m .: The negotiations to form a traffic light coalition were caught up with by the Corona crisis. Lars Klingbeil reacts to this. “We had an ambitious schedule from the start.” They wanted to “start governing quickly”.

+++ 2.24 p.m .: The question of the division of the ministries comes directly. Klingbeil blocks this, however: “This is only about content.” The distribution of the departments and personnel issues will be discussed afterwards.

+++ 2:21 p.m .: Lars Klingbeil concludes. The SPD General Secretary emphasizes the symbolic power of the place where they met for the coalition negotiations. “We are here in an important place in Rhineland-Palatinate.” A traffic light coalition has already been successfully “elected and re-elected” there.

Klingbeil can’t resist a swipe at the competition. “I hope you understand that we are foregoing cheers, balcony scenes, all of that,” said the SPD General Secretary. In 2017, a possible Jamaica coalition made up of the CDU, Greens and FDP failed at the last moment. Previously, the top of the parties had repeatedly presented themselves to the public in close unity on a balcony in Berlin’s government district.

Live: The traffic light coalition contract should be in place next week

+++ 2:13 p.m .: Volker Wissing also praised the cooperation in the traffic light negotiations. “I did not think that we would get through so quickly,” said the FDP General Secretary. There was a real “show of strength” behind the working groups and the party leaders. One will continue to advise today “until the end of the month”. After a short break, they want to meet again on Friday.

+++ 2:08 pm: It starts. It all starts with Michael Kellner from the Greens. He praises the “constructive, thorough” atmosphere in which one would have consulted with the SPD and FDP. A coalition agreement is to be concluded in the course of the next week.

+++ 2:03 p.m .: What does the future traffic light coalition want to do against the nationwide rise in the number of corona cases? The parties must find an answer to this as soon as possible. The press conference announced for 2 p.m. has apparently not yet started.

+++ Update, November 16, 2021, 1:50 p.m .: The future traffic light coalition demonstrates unity. Today, Tuesday (November 16), the General Secretaries Lars Klingbeil (SPD) and Volker Wissing (FDP) will appear in front of the press together with Michael Kellner, Federal Managing Director of the Greens. It is expected that they will report on the status of the coalition negotiations.

SPD, Greens and FDP are sharpening because of Corona

+++ 3:50 p.m .: In view of the increasing number of infections, the SPD, Greens and FDP are sharpening their planned corona law. As representatives of the three groups announced on Monday, they want to enable contact restrictions, especially for unvaccinated people, and introduce a 3G rule in long-distance and local public transport: Passengers must therefore prove that they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative.

3G will also apply in the workplace in the future, for events or restaurant visits only 2G or even “2G plus”, which means that vaccinated and convalescent people also have to present a negative test, while unvaccinated people then no longer have access. In addition, the traffic light parties want a return to the home office obligation and a test obligation in old people’s and nursing homes.

Traffic light negotiations: but no agreement on mandatory vaccination

The discussion about a job-related vaccination requirement is also ongoing. Contrary to initial statements, the Green Group has made it clear that there is still no agreement on this. The leader of the Green Group, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, sees her coming anyway. “We will need a compulsory vaccination for institutions, nursing homes, day-care centers, etc.”, she said and added: “We will get this off the ground.” On Twitter, she later made it clear that it would be discussed at the traffic lights.

A spokeswoman for the parliamentary group also made this clear to the German Press Agency: “The traffic light will only be advised about mandatory vaccinations in special facilities in a separate procedure, regardless of the Infection Protection Act.”

Katrin Göring-Eckardt wants to find quick solutions when it comes to Corona.

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Traffic light negotiated: Business should stay open

+++ 14.55 p.m .: Despite the planned tightening of the corona measures, the shops in Germany should remain open in the future. “We don’t have to close any stores, the virologists also tell us that,” said Greens parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt in Berlin. The restaurants should also remain open as long as they can provide enough space with appropriate hygiene concepts.

The bars, on the other hand, could be closed. There should only be as many people as possible under the conditions of the pandemic.

From the federal-state summit planned for Thursday, the “common sign” should go out, “to agree 2G and 2G-Plus across Germany,” said Göring-Eckardt. “We create this possibility in the law.” Then the countries should also apply it. The “traffic light is now presenting something that corresponds to the reality and the drama of the situation, but also to the advice of scientists.

Traffic light coalition is negotiating the formation of a government

Update, 1.30 p.m.: The possible future government partners SPD, Greens and FDP are, according to information from Greens parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt, in agreement on the introduction of mandatory vaccinations in certain areas.

“We will need a compulsory vaccination for institutions, nursing homes, day-care centers, etc. We will get this off the ground, ”said Göring-Eckardt on Monday in Berlin. When asked, she confirmed that the members of the desired traffic light coalition were in agreement on this question.

The move is not part of the reform of the Infection Protection Act, which is to be passed this week, but a separate legislative process, explained Göring-Eckardt.

Katrin Göring-Eckardt: Ampel agrees on mandatory vaccinations.

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Traffic light coalition: party leaders take over the negotiations from now on

Initial report: Berlin – The negotiations on the formation of a traffic light coalition will go into the next round on Monday (November 15, 2021). After the 22 working groups of specialist politicians have their Had presented results on the individual subject areas*, the conversations between SPD*, Greens* and FDP* back to the top level. The remaining points of dispute are now to be clarified within the framework of the 21-person main negotiation round.

So far, hardly any details about the negotiations have come out. Also because the parties had decided not to burden the talks with public debates, although the Greens were already dissatisfied with the lack of them Progress on climate issues* had expressed. According to the current plan, negotiations on a coalition agreement should be concluded this month. Olaf Scholz* (SPD) should therefore be elected Chancellor * in St. Nicholas Week from December 6th and his government in Bundestag* to be sworn in.

Activists with masks by Olaf Scholz, Annalena Baerbock and Christian Lindner stand in front of the Hamburg state representation.

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Climate protection: Habeck warns of the failure of the traffic light coalition to achieve climate goals

Had last week Robert Habeck* (Greens) warned that the coalition negotiations will fail if the parties fail to agree on measures to meet the 1.5-degree target agreed in the exploratory talks. The aim is to stop global warming at 1.5 degrees compared to pre-industrial times, so as not to let the climate crisis escalate completely.

According to reports, it is also a matter of dispute how much money the possible coalition partners spend on investments and how these should be paid for. The Verdi union is demanding a clear decision from the negotiators. “I expect that they will not ignore the financing issues and enable sufficient investments in infrastructure and climate protection,” said Verdi boss Frank Werneke of the German press agency. The issue of distributive justice is also important in this context.

Government formation in Germany: Greens insist on clarifying personnel issues unusually early

According to a report by Bild am Sonntag, the Greens insist on clarifying the distribution of the ministries between the three parties right at the beginning of the main round of negotiations on Monday. Accordingly, one negotiator is said to have said that the willingness to compromise only increases when it is clear who has to implement what in the government. In the past, however, it was usually customary to clarify personnel issues at the end of joint discussions. (Lukas Zigo / dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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