Oct. 6 (UPI) — Wednesday marks the first time in 16 years that a center-left led government could replace a right-led German government.
The Greens and liberals announced their willingness to enter formal coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party. A coalition could be formed in coming days with SDP’s Olaf Scholz possibly succeeding incumbent Angela Merkel as German Chancellor.
The serving finance minister welcomed the invitation for the three parties to begin talks on Thursday. Green leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck expressed their interest to enter serious negotiations 10 days after the Sept. 26 national election, followed by Free Democrats’ leader Christian Lindner.
Lindner said the FDP would cease talks with the Christian Democrats, led by Armin Laschet, and would enter a centrist government that strengthened the “value of freedom.”
Results of the close election show that the SDP narrowly beat the conservatives, but only secured 206 seats of a 735-seat parliament. They need 192 more seats to form a majority government which may be possible if the coalition is formed.