Germany’s SPD, Greens and FDP want formal coalition talk

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Leaders from Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats and two smaller parties will recommend to their party bases moving into formal coalition talks after holding successful exploratory talks, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Friday.

The Social Democrats (SPD), who came first in last month’s election, the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) had been holding exploratory talks on whether they had enough in common to form a government together.

Meanwhile, a poll found that a majority of Germans is in favour of a coalition government led by the Social Democrats’ Olaf Scholz, a survey showed on Friday, an encouraging result for the three parties involved as they prepare for the next phase of negotiations.

Some 62% of respondents to the ZDF Politbarometer survey said they would back a coalition government of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and liberal Free Democrats (FDP).

via Reuters

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