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16 Nov 2017

FDP chief negotiator: Jamaica coalition “more than just emergency solution”

Frankfurter Rundschau

A German government formed of a so-called Jamaica coalition could be more than just an “emergency solution”, FDP chief negotiator Marco Buschmann said in an interview with Frankfurter Rundschau.  If the parties found a compromise on contested policy issues, such as climate, energy, migration or finance, “this government could be a coalition for modernisation that achieves more progress for the country than the previous coalition”, Buschmann said. The pro-business party’s chief negotiator said the FDP was ready to “reduce coal-fired power production as much as possible as long as energy prices remain stable and supply security is not threatened”. The future of coal power in Germany had been a major source of contention between the FDP and its negotiating partners from the Green Party and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance.

See the CLEW article Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed and CLEW’s coalition watch for background.

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