Original title: German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulates Scholz on his victory in the election of the parties and the prospects for the negotiation of cabinet formation are still uncertain
On September 29, local time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated the SPD candidate for Chancellor Scholz on his victory in the election. According to sources within the CDU, the coalition party’s prime minister candidate Raschelt also sent a letter to Scholz to congratulate the Social Democratic Party for its victory in the election.
German Federal Government spokesman Seibert also said that the establishment of the new government will be carried out in accordance with the Constitution and democratic practices, and Chancellor Merkel and the cabinet ministers of the current government will do a good job of “staying behind”. Seibert said: “Before the establishment of the new federal cabinet, the prime minister and ministers will continue to perform their duties.”
△Scholz, the candidate for Prime Minister of the Social Democratic Party (Source: German News Agency)
At the same time, the prospects for negotiations on the formation of the cabinet of the various parties in Germany are still full of uncertainty. The Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party held their first exploratory talks on the 29th, but did not announce specific results. A spokesperson for the Green Party called this a “confidential conversation in a neutral location.” The Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party hope to reach a consensus with each other before negotiating with the Social Democratic Party or the Coalition Party.
Muzenitz, chairman of the SPD parliamentary caucus, took a positive attitude towards the negotiations between the Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party. He believes that after the collapse of the cabinet formation negotiations in 2017, it is a good thing for the leaders of the Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party to have a dialogue, because the partners in the joint cabinet formation require mutual trust. In addition, he also called on the two parties to start negotiations with the Social Democratic Party as soon as possible, and hoped that the two parties could “accept the proposal and explore and negotiate the establishment of a cabinet alliance as soon as possible.”
According to the Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Wishin, the Liberal Democratic Party will conduct a wider range of negotiations with the Green Party on October 1st and deepen the exploration content, and will conduct preliminary negotiations with the Coalition Party and the Social Democratic Party over the weekend. Wiesing also said: “Co-organizing a cabinet with the Coalition Party is still a priority for the Liberal Democratic Party.”
German media predicts that the formal establishment of the new government will have to wait until after October 26 at least. Until then, the current government will remain in office. Seibert also said that before the government handover, there are still many important tasks to be completed, such as flood reconstruction and response to the new crown epidemic.