2021-10-23

Germany’s “traffic light” Group officially talks about forming a cabinet, and the new prime minister is expected to take office in early December

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The German Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officially launched cabinet negotiations on the 21st to discuss the joint formation of a new government. Because the representative colors of the three political parties are red, green and yellow, they are called “traffic lights”

officials involved in the negotiations said that the three parties hope to complete the negotiations by the end of November and elect Olaf Scholtz, the current Deputy Prime Minister and finance minister of the Social Democratic Party, as the new prime minister in early December

on the 15th, the German Federal Election Commission announced the official results of the election of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) held last month: the Social Democratic Party won 25.7% of the votes, ranking first; The Coalition Party of current Chancellor Angela Merkel won 24.1%, ranking second; The Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party won 14.8% and 11.5% respectively, ranking third and fourth

Germany’s “traffic light” Group officially talks about forming a cabinet, and the new prime minister is expected to take office in early December

both the Social Democratic Party and the coalition party hope to form an alliance with the Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party, so as to occupy more than half of the seats in the Federal Parliament and obtain the dominant power of forming a cabinet. Earlier this month, the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party launched tripartite “exploratory” negotiations on the joint formation of a cabinet

according to Reuters, the ruling ideas of the Social Democratic Party and the green party are similar, while the Liberal Democratic Party is quite different from them, especially in economic and fiscal policies

after many days of difficult negotiations, the three parties summarized the results of the negotiations into a 12 page cabinet “road map”, including policies such as climate protection, taxation and minimum wage. The three parties will start formal cabinet formation negotiations on the basis of this plan

the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party officially started negotiations on forming a cabinet, which means that Merkel’s coalition party is at a disadvantage in the war of forming a cabinet

Lars klinbeier, Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party, told reporters on the 21st that 22 expert policy working groups will start negotiations on the 27th, and the three parties hope that these groups will report the results before November 10

the Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party, Volcker wiesin, said that the previous “tentative” talks on forming a cabinet were encouraging, and he was confident that the three parties would form a cabinet jointly

some other officials involved in the negotiations expressed optimism about the success of the formal cabinet formation negotiations. They said that all parties hope to elect Scholz as the new prime minister in the second week of December

if Scholtz takes office as the new Chancellor according to the above timetable, it means that Merkel will not be able to break the record of former Chancellor Kohl and will not become the longest serving Chancellor of Germany after World War II. The length of their terms of office will differ by only a few days

earlier this month, Merkel was asked whether Germany could complete the formation of a cabinet before Christmas. She replied that she would pay attention to the statements of the negotiating parties, but “I can’t say anything. The formation of a cabinet is in the hands of the negotiators”

as for the candidates for the new cabinet, Christian Lindner, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party, said when attending a political program on German television 2 on the evening of 21 that the parties had not yet begun to discuss this topic

earlier this week, German media reported that some senior leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party believed that Lindner should be appointed finance minister in the new cabinet, which aroused dissatisfaction from the green party. Although Lindner hinted that he was interested in the position, he opposed such speculation. (Zhang Jing) (special feature of Xinhua News Agency)