The three-party German government led by the Social Democrats (SPD) in Berlin must be ready to take office by the end of the year, the center-left party co-leader said in an interview with a newspaper published on Saturday.
Norbert Walter-Borges says he is confident his party, which won Sunday’s national election by a narrow margin, has gone in search of partners, and could agree to an alliance with the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP).
An SPD ruling coalition with the Greens and the FDP – dubbed the “Traffic Light” alliance after their respective colors – will gain a parliamentary majority.
“The government has to be established by the end of the year. It’s possible, “Walter-Borges told Welt am Sonntag.
“We don’t have to have an exploratory discussion until this time, because we want a traffic light (alliance) where three partners will carry their energy,” he said.
“In that sense, we can start formal alliance talks in October and finish them by December,” he added.
Negotiations to form a coalition government in Germany usually take weeks or months. After the last national election, on 2nd September, 201 on, such discussions continued till next March.
The SPD will hold investigative talks with both Green and the FDP on Sunday. The two smaller “kingmaker” groups met on Friday for a second round of talks, which FDP leader Christian Lindner said were held “in a good atmosphere”.
Greens and the FDP, from the opposite end of the political spectrum and disagreements on various issues, have moved to the center stage after the SPD’s narrow election victory – the first since 2012.
The SPD and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservative Party, which has come down to record low results, are urging smaller parties to gain a parliamentary majority for the ruling coalition. The poll found that voters would prefer to lead the SPD.
Merkel, who has been in power since 2005, plans to resign after the new government is formed and will remain so until then.
By Paul Carell
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times