Final round of German parties to present a coalition government

The distribution of ministries is still one of the factors in dispute


The Social Democrats, Liberals and Greens, the three German parties negotiating the future coalition government, met last night until the early hours of the morning with the aim of presenting an agreement on Wednesday.

According to the daily Bild, the final round of negotiations begins today at 11.00 am (10.00 GMT) and the possible time for presenting the agreement has been set for 15.00 (14.00 GMT).

The distribution of ministries is one of the points that the parties are still disputing, notes the newspaper.

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Germany will thus have a coalition agreement 59 days after the general elections of 26 September, in which the Social Democrats were the most voted force, with 25.7% of the vote, ahead of the Conservatives, who fell to an all-time low with 24.1%.

The agreement must still be ratified by the three parties; the Social Democrats and Liberals plan to do so at their respective party congresses on the first weekend of December, while the Greens will consult their rank and file.

The plan is for the Social Democrat candidate, the outgoing deputy chancellor and finance minister, to take over the chancellorship in the week of 6 December.

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Negotiations began on 28 September at a meeting between the leadership of the Greens and Liberals - junior partners in the future coalition government - which was later immortalised in a selfie showing Greens Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck and Liberals Christian Lindner and Volker Wissing. The Greens and the FDP Liberals had won 14.8% and 11.5% of the vote.

The first meeting between the Greens and Liberals was interpreted as an attempt to find common ground and avoid a situation like in 2017, when after weeks of talks the FDP broke off negotiations with the Greens and Conservatives.