German liberals hope to prevent a repetition of the “grand coalition”

The Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) has spoken out in previous contacts with the Greens in favor of being “cautious” in order to avoid a “grand coalition” between the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the conservative bloc led by the CDU).

“We have to be careful that we don’t get so caught up with the Greens that there can only be one grand coalition,” warned the liberal General Secretary Volker Wissing in an interview on German television on Monday.

German liberals hope to prevent a repetition of the “grand coalition”
German liberals hope to prevent a repetition of the “grand coalition”

The two big blocs rely on environmentalists and liberals to achieve a majority in the Bundestag – the lower house – but the failure of the CDU negotiations with Los Verdes and the FDP led to a new edition of the “grand coalition” as early as 2017.

The experience at that time, according to Wissing, shows the need for “close coordination” in this first phase, in which the two potential partners try to bring the positions closer together in order to enter the final dialogue with a kind of common front.

The liberal leader declared that we have to “wait” “first” for talks between Los Verdes and the conservative alliance. Then “we will do our internal evaluation and compare the two,” said Wissing, referring to the contacts that the FDP had already made on its own.

The FDP is ideologically closer to the CDU, the Greens tend to the SPD, but both parties have recognized that the Germans voted for the change in the last federal election.

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