It still takes until election day – but the winner almost seems to have been determined. Time for the FDP to fuel speculation in the coalition, the CSU appreciates it internally. The Greens are alarmed.
Berlin – Who will rule Germany from autumn 2021? After the general election everything seems to be boiling down to a black-green coalition. But other mind games are also circulating – the FDP could also imagine government participation entirely without the Greens. In the same horn comes internally on Wednesday according to information from Merkur.de also the CSU at their retreat in Seeon. The Greens are alarmed at the statements.
Laschet’s choice of partner after the federal election: Lindner praises one variant – and excludes others for the FDP
The reason for the debate: FDP leader Christian Lindner has demonstrated openly for a so-called Germany coalition made up of the Union, SPD and liberals. “The FDP decides according to content. We assume that the mandate to form a government will go to the Union ”, Lindner told the newspapers of the Funke media group.
For his party, a Jamaica alliance with the Union and the Greens and the German coalition are “equal options”. On the other hand, Lindner rejected another variant – tested in Rhineland-Palatinate, for example. On the other hand, he considers a traffic light coalition of the Greens, SPD and FDP to be a “substantive and computationally” scenario.
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CSU wants to take the “government subscription” from the Greens: Dobrindt calls Germany coalition “good variant”
For the CSU, the statement is apparently very useful. “There has to be a government option without the Greens. The German coalition is a good option for this, it can also be a possibility for the federal government, ”said state group leader Alexander Dobrindt, according to the participants of the exam in Seeon. “So it is clear: There is no automatic subscription by the Greens to government participation.”
The real starting point for speculation about a “Germany” alliance is the formation of a government in Saxony-Anhalt. There, the CDU under Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff had clearly won the state election – and could now replace the Kenya coalition with the SPD and the Greens with a constellation with the SPD and FDP that is more acceptable to the conservatives. In addition, falling poll numbers of the Greens increase the likelihood of majorities beyond black-green.
“Germany Coalition”? The SPD is anything but enthusiastic about Lindner’s proposal, the Greens seem alarmed
The situation is complex, however. Because after several painful coalition experiences under permanent Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), the SPD is anything but eager for a new edition as a junior partner. SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans referred the German coalition into the realm of fable. “The so-called Union is concept, ideas and leaderless,” he told the Funke newspapers. “It is time for her to regenerate on the opposition bench.” The SPD’s goal is “an energetic and effective government coalition with Olaf Scholz as Chancellor.”
It was to be expected that the Greens – who strive for government responsibility – reacted irritably to the mind games. The MP Konstantin von Notz assessed the move towards a Bundestag majority without Greens on Twitter as an “obvious attempt to do nothing relevant to the most important issue of our time, climate protection, and to cast the political standstill in Germany in concrete”. He called the variant from Union, SPD and FDP disparagingly “GroKo Plus”.
Bundestag election and the coalition options: FDP is under pressure – Greens want to remain indispensable
It is clear that the Union of Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU), as the presumed election winner, would rather go together with the FDP than the Greens. However, there is currently no prospect of a majority for this. The liberals, on the other hand, are under pressure after their much-mocked withdrawal from the Jamaica negotiations after the 2017 election to take responsibility this time – possibly also in a “traffic light”.
Last but not least, the Greens should be happy if the SPD maintains its rejection of an alliance with the CDU and FDP – a power option for Laschet beyond the eco-party would considerably weaken their negotiating position for a coalition and reduce the costs of the agreement for the Union. Dobrindt is likely to have alluded to this. (AFP / fn)