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German election winner Scholz forms coalition with two other parties

20:14, 24 November 2021
German election winner Scholz forms coalition with two other parties

The leader of the Social Democratic Party and the future Chancellor of Germany has declared a “traffic light coalition” with the Greens and Free Democrats.


Olaf Scholz announced on Wednesday that his center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has reached a coalition agreement with the center-left Greens and center-right Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Therefore, the move terminates Angela Merkel’s 16-year term of conservative ruling and marks a new chapter in the history of the strongest EU economy.

The union has been dubbed a “traffic light coalition” after the three parties' respective colors.

         

"Today, the traffic light is indispensable when it comes to regulating things clearly, giving the right orientation, and ensuring that everyone moves forward safely and smoothly," Scholz said during a press conference held in Germany’s capital Berlin.

The declaration has been presented in a 177-page document in which the parties have vowed to hasten the transition to a green economy, digitalization, and established principles of their fiscal policy. They have also revealed that Germany will support NATO’s nuclear sharing agreement despite growing tensions of the union with Russia.

Besides, the coalition has unveiled plans to form a new government at the beginning of December after the parties ratify the coalition pact.

After the SPD was declared victorious at the 2021 German federal election, skeptics expressed doubts that Scholz would be able to quickly form a new coalition with ideologically different parties but it took him less than two months to come to an agreement.

Scholz himself is expected to be formally appointed as the country’s Chancellor by December 8, German news magazine Spiegel reported.

The SPD leader is facing several crises as Merkel’s term comes to an end, including a health crisis in the country, a migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border, and an energy crisis within the EU.