Berlin coalition poker enters decisive round. The CDU/CSU and SPD will meet in berlin on monday at 4 p.M. For their second round of exploratory talks. The 21 negotiators from the CDU, CSU and SPD want to delve deeper into key issues such as taxes and minimum wages to see whether formal coalition negotiations make sense.
On tuesday, the union and the greens will meet for their second round of exploratory talks. CDU secretary general hermann grohe and his CSU colleague alexander dobrindt have, according to the bild newspaper-newspaper on sunday evening with grunen chief cem ozdemir the issues firmly. The union wants to talk to both potential partners about the complex issues of europe, finance, demographic change, federalism reform, the economy, internal security and foreign policy.
Green leadership to decide immediately after tuesday's talks whether to give black-green a chance. SPD also wants clarity quickly. If the exploratory talks are successful, a party convention is to decide on sunday whether negotiations will take place. SPD members to vote on coalition agreement.
Signs point to rough coalition
Signs of a rough coalition had been growing recently. However, there is still strong resistance within the SPD against a cooperation with the CDU and CSU. SPD secretary general andrea nahles demanded clear commitments from chancellor angela merkel (CDU) as to what concessions she would be willing to make. At the second meeting, she expects "more commitment, first and foremost on the minimum wage, but not only there, nahles said.
But there are also doubts in the union. CDU deputy chairman thomas strobl reported in "welt" that (monday) moreover, "state-policy concerns" against a rough coalition. If the CDU/CSU and SPD were to form a government, the opposition would only have 20 percent of the votes in the bundestag, so it would not even be able to set up an investigative committee.
The black-red exploratory talks, which are taking place in the parliamentary society near the reichstag building, have no time limit. It is expected that the meeting could last into the night. Merkel, CSU leader horst seehofer and SPD leader sigmar gabriel had already met at the chancellor's office on friday to map out the lines of action.
Offer on minimum wage from the union
The "leipziger volkszeitung" newspaper reported that the general secretaries of the CDU and CSU want to make an offer to limit to work on a solidarity pension and the introduction of flat-rate minimum wages. The SPD, on the other hand, is, according to the "spiegel" newspaper ready to back down from her demand to abolish the care allowance: she wants to promote a model whereby the federal states can decide for themselves, with the help of an opening clause, whether they want to pay out the benefit or not.
SPD, greens and CSU leaders meet ahead of exploratory talks. The social democrats' executive committee meets in the morning (starting at 11 a.M.), the grunen (starting at 9 a.M.) first the executive committee, then the party council. The CSU presidium meets in munich at 10 a.M.
New grunen faction leader anton hofreiter wants to open his party to new alliances in the long term. "I want to prepare the entire parliamentary group, both mentally and in terms of content, for the fact that both red-green and black-green coalitions should be conceivable in the future", he told the dusseldorf-based "rheinische post" newspaper (monday). The decisive factor is the content. "Red-green-red would be a coalition with many similarities in content. Black-green would be more of a complementary coalition." Dpa