Germany’s Liberal Democrats support coalition deal

Germany's FDP Party Congress in Berlin
Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader Christian Lindner attends an extraordinary party congress to vote on the coalition agreement, in Berlin, Germany December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

December 5, 2021

BERLIN (Reuters) – Members of Germany’s pro-business Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) voted on Sunday with a majority in favor of a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens , paving the way for a tripartite coalition to form a new government next week.

The coalition, the first at federal level between the Greens, the FDP and Olaf Scholz’s centre-left SPD, will end 16 years of conservative governments led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The SPD approved the deal on Saturday, and the Greens will release the results of a member survey on the deal on Monday. The three parties hope the lower house, the House of Commons, will elect Scholz as prime minister on Wednesday.

The “traffic light” alliance, named after the future colors of the parties, will usher in a new era of relations with Europe, and plans to accelerate the digitization of Europe’s largest economy. continent and focus on combating climate change.

(Reporting by Alexander Ratz; Writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Alex Richardson) Germany’s Liberal Democrats support coalition deal


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