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Scholz already has a principle of agreement for his ‘semaphore’ coalition


Correspondent in Berlin

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“They have a base document on which to officially open the negotiations and that means that a big step has been taken.” This is how they explain in the Willy Brandt House, the headquarters of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) the principle according to which they have reached with the Greens and the liberals of the FDP, a preliminary pact with a view to forming the ‘semaphore’ government, surely directed by Olaf Scholz. The basic pact includes commitments not to increase taxes, respect public debt limits and anticipates the end of coal in Germany. On these bases they will deepen their conversations and initiate official negotiations that will address, point by point, all the details of the future alliance.

“We have actually managed to agree on a document. It is a very good result, it clearly shows that a government can be formed in Germany ”, congratulated the Social Democratic leader Olaf Scholz, in a joint statement of the three parties. Co-chair Los Verdes, Annalena Baerbock, spoke of a “proposal for a coalition of reform and progress”, while the head of the liberal party, Christian Lindner, possible Minister of Economy of the future government, welcomed the “opportunity to modernize society, the economy and the State” . ‘An occasion like this cannot be wasted. The big winner of an agreement will not be one or the other party but the country, “he said.

The tripartite, which would form an unprecedented coalition at the head of Germany, he has closed a document of a dozen pages recapitulating his points of agreement and the reforms that they would carry out in the next four years. The document respects the liberal red line of not increasing taxes and maintaining the limit on public indebtedness. The end of coal in Germany at the latest in 2030 was the green requirement.

The agreed document underlines the importance of transformation and rules out the imposition of a general speed limit on German roads, a historic aspiration of the Greens, but pledges in return to build up to 400,000 homes per year and it recognizes the need to form an “alliance for decent and accessible housing” to alleviate its current deficit. Another of the planned measures is the increase in the minimum wage of 9.60 euros to 12 euros per hour, which was on the SPD and Los Verdes programs. The FDP, which in the campaign had rejected the increase in the minimum wage, was able to accept the compromise, according to Lindner, thanks to the fact that Greens and Social Democrats gave in on other points such as that of introduce an element of capitalization in the current pension system, which is a pay-as-you-go system. The liberal leader, who at first was skeptical about the possibility of reaching an agreement with Social Democrats and Greens due to the programmatic differences between the three parties, now declares himself “impressed” by the way the talks have taken place. Scholz himself had expressed these days from Washington, where he traveled in his capacity as Finance Minister of Angela Merkel’s latest coalition, their confidence that a government pact will be achieved before the Christmas break.

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