Traffic light soundings – now in an extra long format: On Monday, the SPD, Greens and FDP want to negotiate for ten hours. First there are warnings from “top dog” Olaf Scholz.
- On Monday (October 11, 9 a.m.), exploratory talks between the SPD *, the Greens * and the FDP * will start again – the traffic light coalition is being negotiated.
- The first meeting should last ten hours, and there could be an interim conclusion on Friday *.
- One of the items on the agenda is likely to include financial policy. Greens boss Robert Habeck warned of major differences. The eyes are also directed at “top dog” Olaf Scholz.
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Berlin – On Monday it will be serious: SPD, Greens and FDP will start exploratory talks at traffic lights * in a large group. Once again, little could reach the public – no statements are planned. And even if they were planned: The party leaders would probably not have revealed more than that it was a conversation in a pleasant atmosphere.
All the more attention is paid to the coalition’s strategy before the discussion marathon on Monday (ten hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Because the cuddle course should be over. Greens boss Robert Habeck warned on Sunday of “significant differences” *, the FDP spoke for the first time again offensively of “red lines”. The “Show” and “Chichi” by the Greens and the FDP are now over, political scientist Albrecht von Lucke also explained to the “Tagesschau”. And then there is also a third person who has so far been quite calm, but which should change behind closed doors on Monday at the latest: Olaf Scholz * and his SPD.
Traffic light explorations: Expert praises Scholz ‘”extremely clever strategy” – now it’s about the money
Von Lucke attested the candidate for chancellor “an extremely clever strategy”. The SPD man had given himself humbly. Probably also in the knowledge that another party will fill the news vacuum completely: “He knew exactly: The moments of self-destruction will focus all of us fully on the Union”. In fact, the CDU and CSU followed suit this weekend – with calls for resignation from party friends and taunts between the sister parties *.
So now there is a dispute inside the pamphlet. One of the main points of contention is likely to be financial and tax policy. “Everyone we talked to knows our demands: no tax increases and no easing of the debt brake. We hold on to that. Debts do not create a future, ”said FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing Picture on sunday.
It is clear that this course would primarily put government spending under pressure – as did FDP member Lukas Köhler taz on the weekend frankly confirmed: “The state has no income problem, but a spending problem,” he said in a dispute with the Greens colleague Kathrin Henneberger. This is exactly what the Greens in particular are likely to see differently: In their election manifesto * they are calling for massive investments in the next ten years, especially in climate protection. They also do not want to use income from the CO2 price for this, as Henneberger made clear: These should be “given back to the people in full”.
Traffic light coalition in the making: Grüner pointed to financial problems – FDP could come under pressure
Winfried Kretschmann’s Green Finance Minister Danyal Bayaz pointed out a possible way out on Friday *. He indicates a thrust towards shifting the tax burden upwards, with largely unchanged total income – he wanted to give up projects like the wealth tax. He could run open doors with Olaf Scholz and FDP leader Christian Lindner. The problem of the strained national budget would remain, however. It will also be very exciting to see how the SPD and FDP agree on other demands. For example, at the minimum wage of 12 euros, which the Social Democrats had written at the top of the election manifesto *.
Another interesting question is how the balance of power at the table will look in general. The Greens and the FDP had quickly taken the reins of action. But now it’s down to the nitty-gritty – and for the Liberals, the largely unmanaged Union seems to be turning out to be a lifebuoy, as is a quick end to the explorations. After all, they had already played the withdrawal card in 2017. With general horror and a certain amount of malice in public. So now the concept of equal negotiation * that the Liberals have called for is being put to the test.
SPD, Greens and FDP sound out: Scholz has to go to Washington – Greens warns of SPD “top dog”
It is already clear that the SPD, Greens and FDP do not want to let the talks become a hangover. According to statements from the FDP presidium, an interim conclusion and the change to tangible coalition talks could be pending at the end of the week. By the way, before that happens, Scholz will temporarily leave the group – he is traveling to a meeting of finance ministers in Washington. This may then give the co-negotiators a sigh of relief.
Greens explorer Katharina Fegebank had already recalled negotiations in Hamburg a few days ago in a conversation with the NDR – and warned: Scholz had the “claim to be the top dog, to want to dominate conversations and to leave relatively little room for maneuver,” said she. Unlike before the formation of the red-green Hamburg government in 2015, this time the company is in a “strategically excellent” starting position. (fn) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.