Social Democrats, Green and Liberals announce a preliminary agreement to form a government in Germany

Germany is one step closer to having a triparted government by the Social Democratic Party with the Green and Liberal Participation of the FDP in tenor of the e

Social Democrats, Green and Liberals announce a preliminary agreement to form a government in Germany

Germany is one step closer to having a triparted government by the Social Democratic Party with the Green and Liberal Participation of the FDP in tenor of the exploratory talks that have held this week the leaders of these training and whose results will serve as a basis to start a dialogue formal.

Contacts have been developed in a "confidence atmosphere" and have allowed to lay a "common base of minimum" on which "continue to delve", according to the candidate for the Foreign Ministry, Olaf Scholz. The negotiation process will be long, but SPD, green and FDP have erased the first red lines based on concessions. And, as a novelty, an explicit reference to migration as "humanitarian responsibility", and to the need to "join efforts with our European partners to end the deaths in the Mediterranean, as well as suffering at the external borders of Europe."

In foreign policy, the so-called "traffic light coalition" for the colors of the parties in talks, coincides in the need to exercise a "active European policy based on a strong franco-German cooperation", but this time, also with Poland, which It would happen in this way to be part of the EU's hard core.

The most striking agreement is in the thorny land of finance. Here the liberals have achieved the commitment of SPD and the Greens that all investments that are necessary to make will be made in the "Frame of the Constitutional Debt Brake" in allusion to the limit of public indebtedness anchored in the Fundamental Law and not "New taxes on equity will be introduced." Income tax, corporation tax or value added tax will not increase either. It has been one of Cal and another of sand. The FDP leader, Christian Lindner, manages to stop indebtedness and prevent new taxes, in exchange for maintaining tax pressure, that liberals, also asked to alleviate.

In terms of climate protection, a key issue for the Greens, the three parties coindle in the need to accelerate "drastically" the expansion of renewable energies. In the future, all suitable roof surfaces will be used for solar energy. In new commercial buildings, this will be an obligation, in private ones, a rule. It is also considered necessary to accelerate the elimination of coal as a source of energy. In the agriculture and livestock sector, the greens impose a respectful way with the environment and nature, with safe income for farmers and a "breeding mode labeling" for meat. In counterpart, the greens have renounced their claim to put a speed limit in the highway.

At work, the will of the SPD of increasing the legal minimum wage is imposed. It will be increased to 12 euros, and, although it does not take date to that rise, it is understood that it will be, as scholz committed during the electoral campaign, which will be in the first year of government. The salary limit of the so-called "mini exploits" will rise to 520 euros.

About pensions, the three parties in conversations have agreed that "there will be no pensions cuts or increased legal retirement age," says the document. It is necessary to guarantee a "minimum level of pension of 48 percent". For this, the introduction of a partially financed legal pension, with an initial capital of 10,000 billion euros of the federal government is foreseen. It also aspires to reform private pensions.

As for social aid, basic income (known as Hartz IV) will be replaced by a "citizen income". It is also planned to "focus on help for reintegration in the labor market". The tripartite on the horizon is committed to bringing more children from poverty, "and strengthen childhood rights in fundamental law.

SPD, Greens and FDP share the goal of building 400,000 new housing a year, 100,000 of them subsidized by the State. They also coincide in reducing age to vote from 18 to 16 years of age and in the urgent need to provide healthily, and to maintain health and dependency insurance, mandatory and private.

In terms of defense, the three formations have also reconciled their positions. If they exceed the many pitfalls that are on the way to the signing of a government agreement, there will be an improvement in the equipment of the armed forces and investigation of the evacuation mission in Afghanistan after the taking of the power of the Taliban. The document summarizing the results of these first consultations collects the will of the Greens to create more binding nomas for a restrictive arms export policy.

Updated Date: 16 October 2021, 04:50

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