FDP doubts three-way coali­tion

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

BER­LIN: Chris­tian Lind­ner, leader of Ger­many’s pro-busi­ness Free Demo­cratic Party (FDP), dis­tanced him­self from a pos­si­ble three-way coali­tion with Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s con­ser­va­tives and the pro-en­vi­ron­ment Greens af­ter the Sept 24 elec­tion.

Mr Lind­ner told Ger­man mag­a­zine Fo­cus in an in­ter­view pub­lished Fri­day that he saw big hur­dles to reaching agree­ment with the Greens on im­mi­gra­tion and en­ergy poli­cies, re­duc­ing the prospects for a so-called Ja­maica coali­tion of the con­ser­va­tives, Greens and the FDP.

“In the mean­time, I can’t imag­ine a Ja­maica coali­tion,” Mr Lind­ner told the mag­a­zine.

Ms Merkel’s con­ser­va­tives were at 37% in the lat­est In­frat­est dimap poll, ver­sus 21% for the So­cial Democrats (SPD), their low­est read­ing since early Jan­uary.

The anti-im­mi­gra­tion, euro-hos­tile AfD came in un­changed at 11%, mak­ing it the third-strong­est po­lit­i­cal force, fol­lowed by the rad­i­cal Left party with 10% and the FDP at 9%, while the Greens scored 8%.

The frac­tured po­lit­i­cal land­scape could make it hard to form a vi­able al­liance other than the cur­rent grand coali­tion be­tween Merkel’s CDU/CSU and the SPD.

Po­lit­i­cal ex­perts say they are scep­ti­cal that the other pos­si­ble op­tion — the Ja­maica coali­tion — could work, given sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween the par­ties and the fact that such an al­liance has never been tested on the fed­eral level.

Lind­ner’s com­ments to the mag­a­zine un­der­scored the prob­lems fac­ing such a coali­tion.

Mean­while, Sahra Wa­genknecht, head of the rad­i­cal Left party, sig­nalled her will­ing­ness to com­pro­mise with the SPD to per­mit the pos­si­bil­ity of a so-called “red, red, green” coali­tion among the SPD, Left and Greens.

“Of course there can be com­pro­mises,” Ms Wa­genknecht told the RND chain of news­pa­pers.

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