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The Social Democrats, who came first in the German elections, the Greens and the Liberals announced on Friday that they had reached a preliminary agreement with a view to forming a government.
The leaders of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) will recommend to their members to validate the opening of formal negotiations for the formation of a coalition government, after discussions fruitful preliminaries, they announced Friday, October 15, in a press statement.
“We have indeed managed to agree on a document. It is a very good result, it clearly shows that a government can be formed in Germany”, greeted the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, probable future chancellor, in front of the press, alongside the leaders of the ecological and liberal parties.
These three movements, with very different programs, have been leading preliminary discussions since the beginning of October in an attempt to form this unprecedented coalition, without the conservatives of Angela Merkel who recorded the worst score in their history during the legislative elections of September 26.
On the basis of the document presented on Friday, the three parties will deepen their talks and open official negotiations addressing, point by point, all the details of a future alliance.
“Use the next decade as a decade of renewal”
The formation of a new government in Germany is eagerly awaited by the country’s partners who fear months of paralysis, particularly at the EU level, if the political vacuum in Berlin continues.
Olaf Scholz hailed Friday “a very good result”, which “clearly shows that a government can be formed in Germany ensuring that we make progress”.
“We have managed to conduct intensive discussions until the early hours to put on the table a proposal for a coalition of reform and progress so that we can really use the next decade as a decade of renewal,” said the team. -President of the Greens Annalena Baerbok.
These advances do not yet mean that the “traffic light” coalition, according to the color of each of the three parties, will be formed without fail and that Olaf Scholz will succeed Angela Merkel, in office since 2005, in the chancellery.
The continuation of the discussions between the parties should make it possible to develop a detailed common roadmap between formations that many oppose, in particular in terms of taxation, with liberals opposed to the tax increases envisaged by the SPD.