Coalition: SPD accuses traffic light partners of “self-portrayal”.

SPD accuses traffic light partners of “self-expression”.

SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich criticizes the coalition partners. photo

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The coalition has been discussing key issues such as transport, energy and finance for weeks. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich accuses the traffic light partners of wanting to make a name for themselves.

The SPD has accused the coalition partners FDP and Greens of using useless profiling instead of looking for solutions away from the public eye. “Self-portrayal doesn’t help anyone,” said parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “The SPD takes part in the factual discussions, especially behind the scenes, in order to solve problems,” he added.

It’s no surprise that things have been “rather rough” in the past few weeks, said Greens boss Ricarda Lang on the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”. “Sometimes what needs to be said needs to be said.” But now the traffic lights have to come together, negotiate with each other and come to an agreement – the country deserves that. At the same time, Lang made it clear that she expects a committed climate protection policy from the coalition partners. “In the end, of course, the agreement must also be measured against the reality of the climate crisis, and it’s not enough just to say that we are also in favor of the goal.” The situation is too serious to make climate protection a party’s task.

FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai, on the other hand, called on the traffic light partners to take a cautious approach to climate protection. “People and the economy must be taken along on the way to climate neutrality,” he told the “Rheinische Post”. “Climate protection can only succeed if it is based on the needs and the reality of life of the citizens.” The FDP politician made it clear that the “hasty ban” on oil and gas heating or the end of the combustion engine represent the opposite of this from his point of view.

For weeks there have been heated debates in the coalition about issues such as freeway expansion, the replacement of oil and gas heating systems and the budget for the coming year. On Sunday evening, the heads of the traffic light parties will meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in the Chancellery. The pressure to deliver results afterwards and to settle at least some of the disputes is great.


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