4 Dec. 2021 2:08 pm

The SPD has given the green light for the first traffic light coalition at the federal level. On Saturday, a large majority, 98.8 percent of the delegates at a party congress, voted for the coalition agreement with the Greens and the FDP. The decisions of the other two parties are still pending.

At its party congress, the SPD accepted the coalition agreement negotiated with the FDP and the Greens for a traffic light coalition. The extraordinary SPD party congress approved the coalition agreement with the Greens and FDP with 98.8 percent of the delegates’ votes.

Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz had previously compared the formation of the Ampel Coalition with the changes in political power in Germany in 1969 and 1998, when Christian Democrats were replaced by Social Democratic Chancellors:

“It is a very, very special departure. We should succeed in such a departure again.”

Scholz had asked the delegates, like the SPD party leaders Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, to approve the coalition agreement with the Greens and the FDP.

In his speech, Scholz emphasized that the SPD was able to push through key projects from the election campaign in the coalition negotiations. He mentioned the increase in the minimum wage, a citizen’s benefit, the introduction of a basic child benefit and the construction of 400,000 apartments. The SPD, Greens and FDP unite that, unlike the Union, they are three progressive parties. “The common consensus of this government is not to preach renunciation, but to rely on technological progress and dynamic entrepreneurship,” said Scholz, referring to climate change, “which is a really big task”.

In the debate, Juso chairwoman Jessica Rosenthal and the designated SPD general secretary Kevin Kühnert also campaigned for the adoption of the coalition agreement. Rosenthal called this a “departure” and referred to the socio-political reforms agreed with the Greens and the FDP. However, elements of “redistribution” would have to be added to government action. Kühnert demanded that the SPD as a party should “stay hungry” even in times of chancellorship.

Tomorrow the FDP will decide on the coalition paper at a party congress. The assumption is considered certain. In the case of the Greens, however, there is a ballot among the members. The result is to be announced on Monday.

The coalition agreement could already be signed next Tuesday. On Wednesday, Olaf Scholz could then be elected Chancellor in the Bundestag and his cabinet sworn in.

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(rt / dpa / Reuters)

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