The three probers Wissing, Klingbeil and Kellner kept a low profile at the press conference on Tuesday. But they still have a lot to do. News ticker.
- An important exploratory week for a possible traffic light coalition * is underway. There are crucial days to come (see first report).
- One point that is currently in the media focus: the positions of the SPD, Greens and FDP on cannabis legalization (see update from October 13th, 7:05 a.m.).
- This news ticker is continuously updated.
Update from October 13th, 7:05 a.m .: The talks about the formation of a traffic light coalition are entering a crucial first phase. The SPD, Greens and FDP want to continue their explorations this Wednesday in a smaller circle. The aim is to agree on a decision-making basis for coalition negotiations by Friday that summarizes the result of the negotiations so far (see first report).
There are “two very decisive days” ahead, “which I believe we all have respect for, and which we are looking forward to,” said SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil on Tuesday. It is “a lot about tough decisions”. The Green Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner said that 14 hours of debate had to be written down for the last one and a half days of negotiations alone. Wissing declared that the “moment of truth” was approaching.
Does the traffic light legalize cannabis? Lauterbach changes his attitude
Meanwhile, the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach spoke out in favor of legalizing cannabis in a possible coalition agreement with the Greens and the FDP. In an interview with Rheinische Post he advocated allowing controlled distribution to adults in order to put a stop to the trafficking of heroin-infused cannabis. For years he had refused legalization. “As a doctor, I have now come to a different conclusion,” said Lauterbach. “More and more often, new types of heroin that can be smoked are added to illegally sold street cannabis. This quickly drives cannabis users into a heroin addiction. ”This phenomenon is new and is changing the situation.
The FDP and the Greens are in favor of legalizing cannabis and “selling it in licensed specialist shops”. The SPD, on the other hand, advocates a “regulated distribution” to adults, initially in model projects that are accompanied by prevention and counseling offers.
SPD, FDP and Greens: Can you find a sustainable consensus for the traffic light coalition?
First report from October 12th: Berlin – The explorers of the SPD, FDP and Greens have been negotiating for several days on the most important points of contention for a possible traffic light coalition. The main topics here are the targeted tax and climate policy. The three parties have to find a compromise in these areas – they are currently “on the right track”, explains SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil. FDP boss Lindner, on the other hand, speaks of a “heavy mood”.
The explorers want to have come to an agreement by Friday. Then the parties should decide whether to start official coalition negotiations on the basis of the exploratory talks. Wednesday and Thursday negotiations are only held in small groups, because Olaf Scholz is traveling to a meeting of finance ministers in Washington.
On the part of the Greens, a small party congress would first have to approve the official start of coalition negotiations. According to Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner, next Sunday would be conceivable for this decision.
Exploratory negotiation for the traffic light coalition: FDP, SPD and Greens continue at one table
SPD Vice Kevin Kühnert said in the ARD’s “Morgenmagazin” that he was expecting an agreement this year. With a little swipe in the direction of the Union, he also said: “The talks have now started well, very trusting. Nothing leaks out. That is an important basis for it to go smoothly. ”
The CDU / CSU have recently been criticized because alleged content was only leaked from discussions in which the Union was involved. Those involved repeatedly point out the importance of trust and confidentiality within the exploratory group.