The center-left leader confirmed the creation of the new executive composed of Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Liberals (Fdp)
Eventually the “traffic light” government will be born in Germany. The official statement came from the center-left leader Olaf Scholz who confirmed the creation of the new executive composed of social democrats (SPD), Greens and liberals (Fdp). Germany will thus have a government 59 days after the general elections of 26 September, which saw the SPD arrive as the first party with 25.7%.
Scholz said at a press conference that the three parties in the traffic light coalition have reached an agreement that will end the era of longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel. The three parties have signed a coalition contract entitled «Dare for greater progress. Alliance for freedom, justice and sustainability ».
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Economy-Climate will most likely go to the Greens, while the Liberals will be assigned Justice and Finance. The coalition agreement provides that, by 2030, 80% of the electricity consumed will come from renewable sources. The target now set is 65 percent. The agreement will then have to be examined by the three parties.
Other points of the agreement include the legalization of cannabis, the minimum wage of 12 euros per hour, the right to vote for 16-year-olds and the creation of a permanent crisis team and a group of experts from the Chancellery, to address the Covid-19 pandemic. In this regard, one billion euros will be unlocked for bonuses for parasanitary equipment in Germany, particularly tested by the pandemic crisis.
The major German newspapers explain that the liberal Christian Lindner will go to the finance ministry, while the Green exponent Robert Habeck will have a super ministry that will unite Economy and Climate. The co-president of ecologists Annalena Baerbock will sit at the foreign ministry instead.
Furthermore, the coalition agreement reached today provides for the legalization of the use of armed drones to protect German soldiers deployed abroad, the document emphasizes. According to the liberal Christian Lindner, “Olaf Scholz will be a strong chancellor for Germany”. In addition, he assured that “in the negotiations for the government the FDP met another Scholz, and above all understood his inner attitude, that of a politician who will govern by representing everyone, not just the Social Democrats”.
While the co-leader of the Greens, Robert Habeck declared that: “The new story we intend to write together focuses on the desire to combine well-being, growth and defense of the climate and natural resources”.
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