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Scholz, optimistic at the start of negotiations to form a government with Greens and Liberals

Greens, liberals and German Social Democrats meet this Thursday, for the first time after the September 26 elections, to explore the formation of a coalition government after the contacts in recent days, which for the moment leave the conservatives on the sidelines.

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The Social Democrat Olaf Scholz has underlined his willingness to form a government and has been optimistic in the face of talks with the Greens and the Liberal Party (FDP) to form a possible coalition. “Citizens have given us a clear mandate to form a government and now we have to work for it,” said Scholz this Wednesday, hours after Greens and Liberals announced their willingness to explore with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) the possibility of a coalition.

The SPD was the winner of the September 26 elections, but it needs Greens and Liberals to have a parliamentary majority.

Greens and liberals also had the possibility of allying with the conservative bloc but, after a series of conversations, they have chosen to give preference to seeking an alliance with the Social Democrats, known as a “semaphore”.

Scholz celebrated this event on Wednesday and has said that he responds to the will of a majority as shown by various polls that have been carried out after the elections. “It is about finding ways to modernize our country and intensify the fight against climate change and tomorrow we will begin.” As reported by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the parties will meet between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Thursday.

The SPD leader also thanked the professional way in which the previous conversations were conducted.

After a last meeting held on Tuesday with the parties of the conservative bloc, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Bavarian Social Christian Union (CSU), the Greens proposed on Wednesday to intensify contacts with the SPD.

The Liberals joined the suggestion and agreed to start three-party meetings, after a series of bilateral contacts. The FDP has set as red lines to form a government the rejection of the tax hike and the maintenance of the so-called debt brake, which requires balanced budgets in times of economic normality.

On the conservative side there have been mixed signals. While the president of the CDU, Armin Laschet, has wanted to leave an open door for an alliance chaired by his party, his counterpart from the CSU, Markus Söder has said that “the Union has to confront that there will be a government where it will not be” .

However, difficult negotiations are expected due to the programmatic differences that exist primarily between Greens and Social Democrats and between Greens and Liberals.

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