Tuesday, October 19

The first score between conservatives and German greens ends without a compromise




Gray faces, like the sky of Berlin, at the exit of the first trial meeting between conservatives and greens, which by adding the liberals could give rise, under the arithmetic, to an alternative government coalition to which the candidate negotiates more voted from the elections, the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz. The most enthusiastic in the assessment has been the president of Bavaria, Markus Söder.

“It has been as or more exciting than the meeting with the liberals and we would be interested in continuing the conversation,” he said, “there is closeness, for example, in the area of ​​climate policy, there we find a lot in common, although in other areas, like immigration policy, there is still a lot of need for debate. “There have been no insurmountable contradictions in the deliberations of the exploratory teams”, stressed for his part the conservative candidate Armin Laschet, “for that reason it would be necessary to deepen, it would be worthwhile.”

Laschet thus invited a continuity of the conversations, but without obtaining the desired response. No, at least, for now. The Greens have retired to deliberate with their party leadership after summarizing the meeting with considerably less fervor. «It was a serious conversation», He limited himself to celebrating the green candidate, Annalena Baerbock, who left open the possible continuity of the negotiations for the so-called« Jamaica coalition »,« for us it is important that the formation of the new government brings a real change to our country and, Although the conversations have been constructive and objective, there is distance in socio-political issues. The Greens and the Liberals of the FDP they will now evaluate their exploratory rounds with the CDU / CSU and the SPD as a whole, informed the green co-chair Robert Habeck, who has spoken of the Jamaican as a “theoretical possibility” and has advanced that “we will take our time for this today and tomorrow “.

Laschet defends before his own and strangers that “we still have all the possibilities” to lead the next government, a possibility on which his political future depends entirely, especially after his succession to the head of the party has been precipitated in North Rhine-Westphalia, where he has proposed as his successor to Hendrik Wüst. Asked about the possibility of a Jamaican coalition in which a seat is not reserved for him, he said that “in these conversations we have not entered into personnel matters, what has occupied us is the question of how to resolve the current situation in the most efficient and fruitful way for Germany. ‘ Laschet cites as examples of successful collaboration between CDU / CSU and Los Verdes the regional governments of Hesse, Schleswig Holstein o de Baden-Wuerttemberg. CDU Vice President Thomas Strobl has also publicly recalled that the regional president of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, a member of The Greens, could have forged a “traffic light” alliance with Social Democrats and Liberals after the regionals in March and it opted, however, for a coalition with the CDU. But he also recalled that Susanne Eisenmann, the failed CDU candidate in those elections, had previously resigned.


There are, in fact, so many names in the CDU questioning Laschet’s leadership, many of them possible successors at the head of the party, that the German press wonders which of those implicated in the revolt will be the one to stab him. The appearance of Norbert Röttgen, a former Conservative Minister for the Environment, on a prime-time political debate program on television has been quite revealing in this regard. When asked if he really wanted Laschet as chancellor, Röttgen avoided the direct answer and suggested that it is not necessary: ​​“We want to have these discussions (…) and determine if there is consensus on the content of a government pact. And only after that we will talk about who heads that government.

A new complication has also arisen for the Jamaica coalition. The party that conservatives can most easily join by political affinity, the FDP, is showing serious signs of discontent and disappointment that the content of one of its scoring meetings has been leaked to the press, when both parties are they had promised to keep the strictest secrecy. After the FDP publicly declared its willingness to negotiate and several of its highest officials encouraged the CDU to be “optimistic and self-confident”, the Liberal Party Vice President Johannes Vogel has accused the negotiators conservatives to violate agreed confidentiality. “There have been three exploratory conversations that I have participated in. No one has spoken about two of them, but the content of the other has been leaked. This sucks, dear CDU and angry! “He wrote on Twitter, which was followed by a string of mistrust statements by colleagues from his party.

And while the disputes between the increasingly numerous families of the center-right of Germany grow and are aired, the discipline of the sector to the left is maintained in an exemplary way. The strong man in the shadow of the SPD, Kevin Kühnert, does not speak in his appearances neither of expropriations of houses, nor of obstacles to the automobile sector nor of the universal minimum wage, his preferred subjects. Nothing that can hinder the rise of the liberals to the government semaphore train.

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