Germany: SPD, Greens, FDP make progress in exploratory talks

Source: DW

A traffic light in front of the German parliament
Three major German political parties — the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and neoliberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) — are expected to finish exploratory talks for a possible coalition this week, the FDP said on Tuesday.
The SPD came first in September’s parliamentary election. The party is seeking to form a “traffic light coalition,” based on the colors of each party: red for the SPD, yellow for the FDP and green for the Greens.
What did the party leaders say about the talks? 
“We will assess the results of the past few days’ discussions and write down what we can do together,” FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing said, adding that the parties are now discussing the areas where they are the furthest apart.
The three parties have kept quiet about their exploratory talks, which lasted 14 hours on Monday, saying they needed to sort out their differences in private.
“After (the) past days of talks, I am sure we can come up with an agreement together if we work on it,” SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil said, adding that he is optimistic about the next two days of negotiations.
Michael Kellner, the Greens’ national director, said the talks had been in-depth. Kellner added that the amount of common ground had grown, while the number of differences have shrunk. “But there also remain things to solve, to clarify,” he added.
In a recent poll, 51% of Germans said they favored the traffic light coalition, far more than the two possibilities that included Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, even though they came in second in the election.


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