Olaf Scholz, winner of the general elections in Germany, said this Wednesday that the government coalition agreement, worked on in recent weeks by the Social Democrats (SPD), liberals (FDP) and the Greens, must be approved by the three parties “in next ten days”.
Eight weeks after the elections, held on September 26, the three parties in green, yellow and red, the characteristic that gives the name to the so-called “traffic light” coalition, presented the official coalition agreement, which is yet to be voted on, to journalists. by the three political forces.
At a press conference, the still German finance minister and deputy chancellor expressed his confidence in the “traffic light” coalition to point out the right path for Germany.
If the agreement is approved, Olaf Scholz, appointed as the future German chancellor, has already indicated some policies that will be followed.
“We want to dare to make further progress,” he said, pointing to raising the minimum wage to €12 an hour and developing state-of-the-art technology made in Germany.
Regarding foreign policy, Scholz underlined that the new government will defend a “sovereign Europe”, cultivating relations with France and the United States.
Along with the leaders of the other coalition forces, Scholz also warned of the alarming numbers of the new coronavirus in Germany, stressing that “every day that passes there is a new record”.
And he called for compliance with the most recent measures imposed by the incumbent executive and for greater adherence to vaccination.
For Robert Habeck, co-leader of The Greens, the coalition agreement reached is a document of “courage and confidence” in times of uncertainty, which forced “exhaustive” negotiations.
The expansion of renewable energies, so that they do not continue to be “a complement” but of “public interest” was one of the points focused on at the press conference.
The leader of the liberals, Christian Lindner, the third to speak to journalists, also called for the reduction of contacts, “limiting them to what is necessary” to stop the new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit Germany hard.
In addition to the pandemic, added the head of the FDP, the new executive has other challenges he must face, such as “decarbonization, digitization and the aging of society”.