The Greens begin their extraordinary congress to discuss a coalition government in Germany

The Greens of Germany, the third strongest force in last week’s elections, started an extraordinary congress this Saturday to work out a plan for negotiations on the future coalition government in the country.

At the end of the meeting, one hundred delegates will officially commission a group of 10 members, led by party chairmen Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, to conduct further exploratory talks with the other political forces.

The Greens begin their extraordinary congress to discuss a coalition government in Germany
The Greens begin their extraordinary congress to discuss a coalition government in Germany

The Greens had already held talks on Friday with the Liberals (FDP), who finished fourth in the elections on Sunday, in order to sound out their role as potential mediators in a three-party coalition.

Both parties will hold coalition talks over the weekend with the SPD, which won the vote with 25.7 percent, and the conservative bloc led by the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, led by the Christian Democrats (CDU / CSU).

The alliance CDU / CSU took second place with 24.1%, the Greens 14.8% and the FDP 11.5%.

Both the SPD and the Conservatives want to lead the new government and hope for three-party coalitions with the Greens and the FDP. The two smallest parties grew significantly compared to the last elections in 2017.

“We derive from the election results a clear mandate to take responsibility for shaping the country and to form a progressive government,” says the federal executive committee’s motion for a resolution for the Green Party conference.

FDP leader Christian Lindner also described the general election as a turning point after the talks on Friday. “We believe that we have the joint task of organizing the restructuring in Germany,” he said, before admitting differences with the Greens, especially with regard to climate policy and finances.

The SPD chief deputy Rolf Muetzenich was optimistic in the run-up to the coalition talks with the FDP and the Greens scheduled for Sunday.

“I think it is possible to achieve good results quickly,” said Muetzenich, part of the negotiating team of SPD leader Olaf Scholz, of the DPA.

The CDU / CSU alliance also wants to meet with the FDP for talks on Sunday evening, and negotiations with the Greens are planned for Tuesday.

The conservative party leader Armin Laschet has not given up hope for a coalition of his own despite a deeply disappointing election result and the skepticism in his party and in the public.

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