German election: CDU leader set to step down as “traffic light” turns green

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chair of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) is set to step aside today as three rival parties begin coalition talks that will likely end after Angela Merkel was elected in 2005 for the first time since the CDU was voted out of power.

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big picture: The Greens and the Liberals (FDP) – now kingmakers because either dominant party would need them to govern – began exploratory talks with the election-winning Social Democrats (SPD) aimed at forming a “traffic light coalition”, named named after the parties. ‘ colour’s.

What are they saying:

  • Armin Laskett, Those who led the CDU to a historic defeat said the party should call soon to decide on his leadership, indicating that he was ready to resign.
  • Marcus Souder, “The FDP and the Greens have decided to go the way of the traffic light. They must now continue to follow it,” said the leader of the CDU’s Bavarian Sister Party and a Lachet rival.
  • But Robert Habeck, The “Jamaica Coalition” (CDU/Greens/FDP) was still possible, said the Greens co-leader: “Cookie eating is far from over.”
  • His co-leader is Annalena Baerbock. Called for a coalition in which the Greens and FDP would be “at eye level” with the SPD.

Noteworthy: After the last election, FDP leader Christian Lindner allowed a potential Jamaica coalition to explode after weeks of talks.

  • He was praised and criticized for his famous saying: “It is better not to rule than to rule badly.”

what to watch: this will take a while. The SPD says it hopes to have an alliance by December.

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