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The coalition agreement is in place: This is the next traffic light timetable

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Less than two months after the federal election, the SPD, Greens and FDP presented their coalition agreement. A few days will pass before a joint government under the designated Chancellor Olaf Scholz can begin.

After 16 years in the Angela Merkel government, Germany is facing a historic change to a red-green-yellow traffic light government. The SPD, Greens and FDP have agreed on a coalition agreement. Two months after the federal election, they laid the foundation for the first traffic light federal government. That is the rest of the timetable.

Personnel decisions:

A coalition agreement regulates which party should lead which ministry. The names of the department heads are not included. Announcing these is traditionally a matter for the parties. The Greens have already announced the presentation of their team for this Thursday. The FDP federal executive proposed on Wednesday party leader Christian Lindner as federal finance minister. Secretary General Volker Wissing is to become Federal Minister for Transport and Digital, the First Parliamentary Managing Director of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Marco Buschmann, Federal Minister of Justice. The parliamentary managing director Bettina Stark-Watzinger is to take over the Federal Ministry of Education. The likely future Chancellor Olaf Scholz left the SPD ministerial posts open on Wednesday.

Consent of the parties:

What the party leaderships have negotiated has yet to be confirmed. The SPD and FDP have party conferences on the weekend of 4th / 5th for this. December planned. In the case of the Greens, the members will decide on the coalition agreement and the personnel board. The strike vote should begin this Thursday and last ten days.

Chancellor election:

If everyone has agreed, Scholz can be elected Chancellor by the Bundestag. The date should be in the week from December 6th. Since international obligations for the new chancellor and foreign minister are pending on December 10th, the election should take place by December 9th.

Appointment and swearing-in of the cabinet:

On the day of the Chancellor election, the cabinet of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is appointed and sworn in in the Bundestag.


Merkel will presumably hand over official business to Scholz in the Chancellery on the same day. Most of the handover in the ministries should take place on the following day.

A bald white man, wearing a suit and tie, speaks against a light blue background

Get to work:

The first working session of the Cabinet will take place very soon after the handover. One topic is already foreseeable: Corona.

Presentation abroad:

Scholz will also want to introduce himself very quickly to the most important partners abroad. He has already announced that he will be going to Paris first. 16 years ago, the day after the swearing-in ceremony, Merkel was in Paris and Brussels one after the other – and was accompanied by her then Foreign Minister Steinmeier (SPD). On December 10th, Scholz is likely to meet US President Joe Biden for the first time – at least virtually, at a video summit for democracy. A G7 meeting in Liverpool, England, is on the program for the new foreign minister from December 10th to 12th. Germany will take over the presidency in the group of large western industrialized countries next year.

Source From: Stern


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