Tuesday, October 19

Greens and liberals do ‘political tinkering’ to join the German coalition




While a journalist asked his question yesterday, at the press conference after the first scoring meeting, the leader of the Liberals, Christian Lindner, whispered something in the ear of the electoral candidate of The Greens, Annalena Baerbock. She narrowed her eyes and nodded knowingly, and replied with a smile directed at her potential political partner: “We can’t say anything about that for now.” The flirtation between the ‘citrus fruits’, a nickname that the German press has assigned to the green and yellow gang, the latter corporate color of the FDP, takes place in public and before the cameras, something unthinkable just a week ago between two head-on parties.

It is not very clear who

who is being taken to the orchard, although the Greens have made a first and significant concession by announcing their resignation to imposing a speed limit on German motorways. The leaders of both formations were extremely kind to each other yesterday, they joked and gave the impression that everything is understanding. Green Co-Chair Robert Habeck even indulged in DIY similes: “If you insert the screw at an angle, it will never straighten again, but this screw is being inserted very straight in the early days.” The comparison was so game that the next question was served. Which nut will the screw, the SPD or the CDU need? And Habeck spread into the profits of the spax screws, which apparently do not need a nut and are sufficient on their own. The idea is that both SPD and CDU are this time in the hands of the small parties and that they will decide who now has the upper hand.

«The federal elections have been a turning point. People decided against the status quo, so that, although the Greens have different perspectives and there are undoubtedly differences, we have been commissioned to organize this new exit and we will do it, ”Lindner justified the staging, despite the obvious incompatibilities. Baerbock was also not ashamed of the steps back that will be necessary. “This election gave us all a mandate to create a new alliance,” he said, emphasizing, “this is a historic moment in our society, in our country, because it presupposes a policy that is not oriented towards the lowest common denominator, but rather ensures a true exit.

The problem is that none of the three wanted or could say how that exit could be, despite the fact that this second meeting dealt more specifically with the content and objectives of a possible coalition. They don’t show their cards before meeting that the SPD will hold tomorrow Sunday with the Greens and later with the Liberals. The general secretary of the CDU, Paul Ziemiak, has also confirmed a meeting with the FDP and on Tuesday with Los Verdes, in search of a possible alternative coalition. In the meeting between conservatives and liberals, a team of ten people will participate, including the electoral candidate, Armin Laschet, who is highly questioned in the party and outside all pools to lead something during the next legislature. The fact that he was his opponent in the fight for the party presidency and for the electoral candidacy, Friedrich Merz, who represents the most right wing of the CDU and who had broad support from the rank and file, has hinted at the possibility of returning to try to take over the reins of the party to “position it once and for all”, but has warned that this time it will not accept to submit to a decision of a congress and the vote of the delegates, but that they would demand a vote of all the militants.

The Greens are also seeking support from their grassroots for the painful negotiation in the making. Your program couldn’t be more distant from the FDP in matters of taxes, debt, social aid, Defense policy, Foreign policy and climate protection. They will ask the militants for an online vote to approve the talks, although they will surely not reveal the strategy, if any, with which they hope to fit the disparate pieces of the coalition.

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