If they had chosen only one major title for this agreement. Something like „Because we trust the power of Germany.“ It was the headline of the new beginning with Gerhard Schröder, after 16 long years under the Helmut Kohl government. Walter-Borjans was more open and said the party had to be ready to go. „If the coalition partner adopts the position of blocking new tasks, the decision must be that this cannot go on any longer,“ he said. Cem Özdemir, the Greens` lead candidate, said climate protection, European integration and social justice are the issues on which his party will be most tenacious in a possible coalition with the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the economically liberal FDP. Özdemir told the Hamburger Abendblatt, for the coalition talks to be successful, „everyone must feel victorious,“ which means that each party must make gains in policy areas it deems particularly important. Özdemir said that to discuss a Jamaican coalition, it was necessary for German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s CDU and her Bavarian sister party, the CSU, to „first resolve their internal differences.“ The Greens` co-chair said Germany must abandon coal-fired power plants and focus on producing emission-free cars to maintain its strong position in the auto sector, adding that the Greens were „ready to take responsibility“ within a government coalition, „but not at any cost.“ Draft coalition agreement outlines conservatives` common positions on climate and energy, SPD – The draft coalition agreement agreed by German negotiators suggests that German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have found common ground on energy and climate policy and reflect several aspects that were already in the foreground coalition. In the excerpts the Clean Energy Wire has seen, potential Grand Coalition partners say they will legislate to ensure the country`s 2030 climate target will be „by all means.“ However, the target of reducing emissions by 2020 has been watered down to reduce greenhouse gas emissions „as much as possible“. The binding international 2030 target provides for a reduction of 55% compared to 1990 and the national target of 40% in 2020. A majority of Germans are skeptical, if not opposed, to another CDU/CSU-SPD coalition government. According to a poll commissioned by the Newspaper Welt am Sonntag, 52% of respondents say that a new grand coalition is „not good“ or „bad“ for the country. The rejection of SPD voters was even greater: 60% of them felt that the link was negative, while 67% of CDU/CSU voters described the coalition model as „good“ or „very good“.
SpD leaders said they would ask all of its 450,000 members if they approved a possible coalition agreement. Finding easier compromises on migration as a climate – it will be easier for the CDU, CSU, FDP and Greens to reach an agreement on migration and asylum than on climate policy, said Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of the German industrial centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, of the Rhine Post office in an interview. . . .