The chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP or “the Liberals”), Christian Lindner, is currently the main favorite to become finance minister in the government coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and his own party when they finally culminate in the formal negotiations between the three groups opened on Friday.
“I can’t think of a better one,” said the chairman of the liberal parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Marco Buschmann, in an interview with “Spiegel”, in which he emphasized that Lindner had “prepared for this task for weeks and months”. .
The liberal politician emphasized the “enormous” will to reform of the three parties, which “follow a philosophy of progressive pragmatism” in order to carry out “the largest modernization project since the 1970s”: the disappearance of coal as an energy source by 2030.
The Vice President of the FDP, Wolfgang Kubicki, has also spoken out in favor of Lindner’s appointment as Prime Minister, as long as the government plan adopted by the coalition is implemented without tax increases or additional debt, which the Greens and Social Democrats are willing to take on.
Should he finally take office, Lindner would succeed Olaf Scholz, who would become Germany’s new Federal Chancellor after the election victory of his Social Democratic Party in September. The Greens and FDP took third and fourth place, respectively.