Germany voted. The parties are looking for the next government coalition. Follow all developments in the news blog.
Bundestag chairman Wolfgang Schäuble does not want to stand before the federal executive committee at the planned special party conference of the CDU. “He is not available for candidacy for his party’s federal executive committee,” said a spokesman for Schäuble. The 79-year-old wants to remain in the Bundestag for the entire term, and in his constituency in Offenburg he again won the direct mandate in the elections. The spokesperson says he wants to see this throughout the election period.
After the historic debacle in the federal elections, the CDU wants to re-elected the entire federal executive committee at a special party conference. It is unclear whether the party congress will take place in December or, if possible, in January. So far, Schäuble is a member of the CDU presidency as President of the Bundestag. However, the office will be filled again after the federal elections, as a rule it goes to the strongest parliamentary faction in the Bundestag, now the SPD. (12.10.2021)
Wissing: Traffic light reconnaissance completed on Friday
Leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP have commented on the status of explorations for a possible traffic light coalition. “We’ve talked about how to solve the country’s problems — on all topics relevant to the explorations,” Greens federal director Michael Kellner said. The discussions were “very intense.” The number of similarities has increased, according to Kellner – “but there are still issues to be clarified”.
Lars Klingbeil, Secretary General of the SPD, also spoke of intensive discussions in which “all relevant topics were covered”. “We went out together. And we succeeded in that day and a half.” He said this in full awareness that the parties still have a long way to go and that some hurdle is ahead. However, Klingbeil is sure that the three sides can overcome the hurdles together.
What is needed now is a government that can handle the major challenges. Klingbeil cited digitalisation, the question of the modern state, climate protection and Europe as examples. And he continued: “It’s about showing citizens clearly that politicians are thinking about them and making sure they can meet the challenges of the future.” It is now a matter of evaluating what has been discussed so far – he is confident that this will work.
The moment of truth is now “still ahead of us,” said FDP Secretary General Volker Wissing. “We will evaluate the discussions of the past few days and put on paper what we can bear together.” That will be the basis of a joint decision. “Our goal is to have a basis for decision-making by Friday.” On that basis, it is then decided whether the bodies can be recommended to start coalition negotiations.
Before the heads of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP officially commented on their explorations, Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann revealed what problems had emerged during the reconnaissance in leaving the site. “Europe, migration and flight – and another thing, I was not there,” said the Green politician on Tuesday after the reconnaissance round. However, during their statements, the three party representatives kept quiet about further content.
At nine o’clock the party representatives met in Berlin. It was intended that all important topics such as climate protection, finance and economics would be covered. On Monday, representatives of the three parties had scouted for about ten hours, but did not comment publicly on the content of the talks afterwards.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the parties’ secretaries-general will continue to work in small groups, while SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz travels to Washington to meet G-20 finance ministers. The aim is to end the explorations for the formation of a traffic light coalition, possibly already Friday with an agreement in principle. Then the organs of the parties could decide to start coalition negotiations. (12.10.2021)
CDU party leader Schön calls for more female participation
The Vice-President of the Union Group, Nadine Schön, believes that women should be more involved in the reorganization of the CDU. “For years we have had too few women in parliament and the party. We need to get more,” she said Rheinische Post. It is true that the gender of the future chairman or chairman is of secondary importance: it needs someone “who brings together and broadens the party”. Still, for a long time the party had female chairpersons – that was good for the party, Schön said.
The president of the Women’s Union, Annette Widmann-Mauz, also thinks: “The repositioning of the CDU in Germany can only succeed in terms of content, personnel and structure with the women in the party.” She told the editorial network Germany (RND). The women’s union is participating in the process that is now underway with a conference of women representatives and representatives. This will take place shortly. The women’s union includes all female members of the CDU. (12.10.2021)
Beginning of the “Deep Explorations”: Smaller Groups, More Details
The leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP have begun their explorations to form a traffic light coalition. The participants said that details should now be discussed in smaller groups as well. The representatives of the parties have not yet commented extensively on the state of the negotiations. However, it is becoming clear that there are differences in taxes, debt and the financing of climate protection measures.
The top representatives of the FDP and the Greens – Christian Lindner and Volker Wissing as well as Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock – met Monday morning in the Berlin exhibition center, where some climate defenders had already gathered. These demanded more speed to combat global warming.
The talks should last until 7 p.m. Further meetings are announced for Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesday and Thursday, the parties’ secretary generals will continue to work in small groups, while SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz will travel to Washington to meet G-20 finance ministers. By the end of the week, the parties finally want to draw up an interim balance. The FDP and the Greens then want to decide whether to enter into coalition negotiations with the SPD. (11.10.2021)
CDU country chief Althusmann expects a clear timetable for the reorganization
For a possible restart in terms of personnel for the federal CDU, Lower Saxony CDU boss Bernd Althusmann expects a clear schedule after the talks on Monday. “I assume that the presidency will decide on a clear schedule that points the way to a special party conference,” said Althusmann of the German news agency.
In Althusmann’s opinion, members should be more involved in the election of a possible new federal president. Especially when it comes to a controversial decision between multiple candidates. “From my point of view, the CDU has been deeply divided since the tight internal party decisions. The dispute between the CDU and CSU over the question of the chancellor candidate did the rest. That was a heavy burden in the election campaign.”
CDU boss Armin Laschet has announced that he plans to present a proposal to the party’s top organs this Monday for a new lineup. He would like to guide this process himself. First of all, the closest tour around Laschet, the Presidium, meets in Berlin at 9:00 AM. The larger federal council meets from 11 a.m.
When asked who will lead the CDU in the future, Althusmann said Friedrich Merz had “a certain natural claim to leadership”. Age-wise, he may not be the young face, but he enjoys the most acclaim within the party when it comes to a member survey. “But as I understand it, he doesn’t want to have another discussion with well-known candidates like Jens Spahn, Norbert Röttgen or others.”
Althusmann sees Prime Minister Daniel Günther of Schleswig-Holstein as a possible candidate for the CDU presidency. “He is young and still has government experience. Although he faces state elections next year, that does not have to be an exclusion criterion.” Günther probably does not want to run for the party chairmanship. Of the world he said, “I’m happy to help with the reorganization of the federal government, but not on the front lines.” He called for a reshuffle of the CDU this year. “Overall, we need a fresh start and should therefore re-elected our entire board of directors during the course of this year.” Günther criticized the fact that “only men play a role in the debate about the reorganization of the party. That bothers me enormously.” (11.10.2021)
FDP confirms red lines for traffic light calls
Ahead of further exploratory talks between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP to form a traffic light coalition, the FDP faction leader Marco Buschmann is confirming the framework for a possible alliance. “The red lines of the FDP are well known: no tax increases and no loosening of the debt brake of our basic law,” says Buschmann mirror. There are other points of friction, but all three sides are “ambitious”. The conversations should show whether there is frictional energy for an impulse forward. very serious professional. It is clear to everyone involved: it concerns our country.”
The SPD, Greens and FDP will continue to discuss the formation of a traffic light coalition on Monday. Representatives of the three parties meet in Berlin in the morning for in-depth exploratory talks. Further meetings are announced for Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesday and Thursday, the parties’ secretaries-general will continue to work in small groups, while SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz travels to Washington to meet G-20 finance ministers.
The exploratory talks highlight the biggest conflicts over taxes, debt and the financing of climate protection measures. Green co-leader Robert Habeck stressed on Sunday evening the importance of succeeding in negotiations with the FDP. “Failure is not really an option,” he said in the ZDF program “Berlin direct”. If another coalition of the SPD and the Union were to emerge, Germany would “go crazy”. “We need to get together a little bit,” Habeck said. Finances are of course a “big problem”.
The aim is to draw up an interim balance at the end of the week. At that point, the FDP and the Greens, in particular, want to decide whether to enter into coalition negotiations with the SPD – or whether there might be another round of reconnaissance. The Greens and FDP have explicitly kept open the possibility of a Jamaica coalition with the Union. (11.10.2021)