5 Dec. 2021 3:54 pm
The FDP has accepted the coalition agreement with the SPD and the Greens with a large majority. At a digital party congress on Sunday there was an approval of 92.24 percent. FDP leader Lindner spoke of a “new departure” for Germany. The SPD had already voted for the coalition agreement yesterday.
After the SPD, the FDP also approved the coalition agreement to form a traffic light government with the Greens with a large majority. At the largely digital extraordinary federal party conference of the Liberals on Sunday in Berlin, 92.24 percent of the delegates voted for it. There were 535 votes in favor, 37 against, and eight abstentions for the 177-page paper to form the first traffic light government at the federal level
Before the vote, party leader Christian Lindner campaigned that the Ampel coalition would make a “policy of departure” possible. The three parties have signed a treaty “that will not move our country to the left, but rather lead it forward”.
The FDP chairman emphasized:
“Let’s start. Germany is waiting for this new departure.”
According to Lindner, the coalition agreement “contained many projects and concerns of the Free Democrats”. He emphasized that, from his point of view, there was “a possible Jamaica constellation in 2021 […] there was no more liberal policy “than is now possible in this traffic light constellation.” There is also more liberal content than was possible in the broken talks about a Jamaica coalition with the Union and the Greens four years ago the FDP had the courage to say no to government participation because little liberal politics were visible.
“And just as we should now, four years later, have the courage to say yes to a coalition that – as unusual as it may be for the federal level – contains a lot of liberal politics.”
Bettina Stark-Watzinger, who is slated to be Minister of Education, said the coalition agreement does not only contain clear projects:
“We have breakthroughs in areas that have been politically neglected for years.”
The SPD had approved the contract at a party conference on Saturday with 98.8 percent. The Greens have organized a member survey for their decision, the result of which will be announced on Monday. If the Greens also agree, the SPD candidate Olaf Scholz can be elected as planned by the German Bundestag on Wednesday as the new Chancellor and successor to Angela Merkel.
Christian Linder is to become finance minister. With the previous party leader Robert Habeck as minister, the Greens are getting a new department for climate and economy, in which the ambitious projects of the traffic light coalition for climate protection are to be significantly controlled. Annalena Baerbock is to become the new foreign minister.
It is not clear who will be the new Minister of Health. The department will in future be led by the SPD. Scholz wants to announce the change on Monday. The SPD politician Karl Lauterbach is considered the favorite.
more on the subject – SPD party congress votes for traffic light coalition in the federal government
(rt / dpa / Reuters)