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Berlin CDU wants to start coalition negotiations with the SPD

The CDU and SPD want to negotiate the formation of a joint government in Berlin.

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Berlin CDU wants to start coalition negotiations with the SPD

The CDU and SPD want to negotiate the formation of a joint government in Berlin. After the SPD state board, the CDU also spoke out in favor of corresponding talks on Thursday. The state board voted unanimously in favor, as a CDU spokesman announced on Thursday.

This indicates a change of power in the capital, which has been governed by the SPD, the Greens and the Left since 2016, although the previous tripartite alliance would also have a majority in the new parliament. Should black and red work, Franziska Giffey (SPD), who has only been head of government since December 2021, would have to leave the town hall. She has declared her willingness to work as a senator in the new state government.

In this case, the new governing mayor would be the CDU top candidate Kai Wegner. The CDU last provided a head of government in Berlin with Eberhard Diepgen, who was in office from 1984 to 1989 and from 1991 to 2001.

The CDU won the repeat election on February 12 with 28.2 percent. SPD and Greens both got 18.4 percent. With 53 votes, the Social Democrats only have a wafer-thin lead over the Greens. They did worse than ever in a House of Representatives election. The left came to 12.2 percent, the AfD to 9.1. The FDP flew out of parliament with 4.6 percent.

Since February 17, the parties have been exploring in exploratory talks whether there is a common basis for coalition negotiations and for forming a government. The CDU spoke three times each with the SPD and the Greens. SPD, Greens and Left also met three times.

SPD state chairwoman Giffey justified the shift from red-green-red to the CDU with “respect for the election result”, among other things. A new start is not possible with the previous partners, the Greens and the Left.

The Berlin Constitutional Court declared the election on September 26, 2021 invalid due to “serious systemic deficiencies” and numerous electoral errors. The court ordered a full retake. Nothing changes in the length of the five-year legislative period. So it ends in 2026.

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