Talks on the new German government

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The proposed coalition could be “a great victory for the Greens, for Germany,” co-leader Robert Habeck told delegates. He added that “in the next government, the Greens can take more responsibility for our country than ever – we will be the engines of major transformations”.

A preliminary agreement after the first exploratory talks calls on Germany to speed up its exit from coal-fired electricity, currently scheduled by 2038, so that it happens “ideally” by 2030. This is a key request from the Greens. He also pledges to “drastically” accelerate the expansion of renewable energy production in Germany, but asserts that there will be no global speed limit on German highways, to which the Free Democrats agree. are opposed.

Climate activists have criticized that plans so far do not go far enough, but little was heard at Sunday’s meeting.

Potential partners say they will not raise taxes, which the Social Democrats and Greens wanted for high incomes and the Free Democrats opposed, but will step up and facilitate investment in the fight against climate change and promote digitization. Details of how the coalition would finance its plans should be a central issue in upcoming talks.

Scholz is hoping his new government, which would send Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc into opposition, will be in place by Christmas. Scholz’s Social Democrats narrowly finished ahead of the Union to win the September 26 elections in Germany, the Greens third and the Free Democrats fourth.

The Greens are the only potential partner that has so far committed to submitting a possible coalition agreement to a vote by all of its members.

It would be the second time that the Greens have been part of a German government. They were the 1998-2005 junior partners in a center-left bipartisan coalition led by then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.


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