Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked the centre-right CDU/CSU and the centre-left SPD to make progress in exploratory talks on the formation of the next federal government, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Negotiations started on Sunday evening and crude agreements have already been reached on the economy, transport and digitalisation. ANDREA Nahles, leader of the SPD, said the agreements reached so far were “very boring” after details on climate policy were published on Monday by Armin Laschet, CDU prime minister for North Rhine-Westphalia. We expect a grand coalition to take office in early March. Spd MPs voted in favour of a coalition with German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservatives, paving the way for a new government for Europe`s largest economy. Two-thirds of members backed the deal, a larger margin than many had anticipated, ending more than five months of political uncertainty. The new government must be sworn in by mid-March. The Socialists & amp; Democrats have yet to reveal the names of their cabinet ministers, including the environment minister. In general, the current minister Barbara Hendricks is expected to remain in office. If the SPD rejects the coalition, Merkel said Article 63 of the Basic Law would “come into play” and that he would be “available” for it, meaning he would be willing to lead a minority government as well.
Merkel`s CDU will hold a special congress on February 26, at which delegates will decide on the composition of the ministries. The chancellor said the resignation of the Finance Ministry (BMF) to the SPD had been a difficult concession for her party, but stressed that the CDU had won the Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi) in return. “This is what we have been longing for,” Merkel said. She added that the construction department now also rests with the Conservatives after being transferred by the SPD-led Ministry of the Environment (BMUB) to the Interior Ministry (BMI) of the Bavarian sister party, the CSU. Since the Ministry of Transport (BMVI) and the Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) are also owned by the CSU, all ministries except BMUB, which are relevant to Germany`s greenhouse gas emissions, are now owned by the conservative CDU/CSU bloc. .