Progress in forming government in Germany

The potential government partners SPD, Greens and FDP want to present a coalition agreement next week. The new government could be in place by the beginning of December. 

Fortschritte bei Regierungsbildung in Deutschland
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Berlin (dpa) - Almost two months after the Bundestag elections, the formation of a new federal government is getting closer. The potential government partners SPD, Greens and FDP are sticking to their plan to present a coalition agreement next week. The secretaries-general of the three parties expressed satisfaction with the state of negotiations. Since Monday, the 21 main negotiators have discussed the results of 22 working groups – and attempted to resolve open points of contention.

Green Party Secretary Michael Kellner spoke of a very good and constructive atmosphere. "Thoroughness is more important than speed," he stressed. FDP Secretary-General Volker Wissing said they did not want to be rushed. However, he said that the talks so far have progressed "a little faster" than he had expected. SPD Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil was also convinced that the schedule could be kept.

The secretaries-general did not disclose any agreements or points of disagreement. They also want to clarify by next week which party will take over which ministries. The goal of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP is for the SPD politician Olaf Scholz to be elected chancellor and for his cabinet to be sworn in in the week beginning 6 December.

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