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Three parties sign coalition agreement in Germany

Source : 112 Ukraine

They also introduced their ministers
18:30, 7 December 2021

New German coalition headed by Olaf Scholz: SPD, FDP, the 90/Green Union
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

The Social Democratic Party of Germany, the Free Democratic Party, and the Greens have officially signed a coalition agreement, Spiegel reports.

In the so-called "traffic light" (according to the party colors of these three parties) coalition agreement - 177 pages. The signing ceremony of the "traffic light coalition" agreement took place today, December 7, in Berlin.

Earlier, the agreement was approved at party conferences. They also introduced their ministers.

Karl Lauterbach, a well-known medical expert in the country and a supporter of compulsory vaccination against coronavirus, will become the Minister of Health. The current Minister of Defense will be current Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht, and the Minister of the Interior Affairs will be Nancy Faeser.

Hubertus Heil will retain the post of Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, and the new Ministry of Construction will be headed by Klara Geywitz, a Social Democrat from Brandenburg. The Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development will be Svenja Schulze, who previously headed the Ministry of the Environment and Nuclear Safety, and the head of the Federal Chancellery and Minister for Special Assignments will be Wolfgang Schmidt.

The 90/Greens Union has nominated Robert Habeck, co-chair of the political force, to the post of Minister of Economy and Climate Protection, and Annalena Baerbock to the post of Foreign Minister. In addition, the Ministry of Family Affairs will be headed by Anna Spiegel, the Ministry of the Environment by Steffi Lemke, and the Ministry of Agriculture by Cem Özdemir.

The Free Democratic Party nominated its leader, Christian Lindner, as finance minister, Volker Wissing as transport minister, Mark Bushman as justice minister, and Bettina Stark-Watzinger as education minister.

Related: President's Office satisfied with Ukraine's role in German coalition agreement

The ministers of the new government must take the oath after the election of the new German chancellor on December 8.

However, according to information of Focus, the future Minister of Climate, Energy and Economy Robert Habeck, for his part, refused to speculate on the future of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in the context of the situation in Ukraine.

"Nord Stream-2 is not certified, the inspection is ongoing. During the period of the investigation, we will talk from a political point of view about how the political situation in Ukraine and European opportunities to achieve de-escalation can be brought together," he said.

He also added that Germany is closely monitoring the security situation in Ukraine.

"We are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine. This is a very serious situation. We unequivocally insist on the inviolability of borders," he said.

A it was reported, the first coalition of traffic lights was approved on December 4 by the Social Democratic Party, which won the elections to the German Bundestag. Following it, the Free Democrats supported the formation of the future government led by Olaf Scholz.

The Traffic Light Coalition got its name from the colors of the three political forces that agreed to join it - the SPD (red), the FDP (yellow) and the 90/Green Union (green).

As it was reported, regular parliamentary elections took place in Germany on September 26. With a slight advantage, the SPD won, gaining 25.7% of the vote. The closest rival of the SPD-bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) won the support of 24.1% of voters. The Greens received 14.8% of the vote, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 11.5% and the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany 10.3%.

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