According to WELT information, Berlin's governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) is aiming for a grand coalition. Accordingly, Giffey wants to propose coalition negotiations with the CDU to the SPD state board this Wednesday.
Giffey is also said to have linked this decision to her person. If the board does not agree to the proposal, Giffey will resign as SPD state chairman, it said. This was also reported by the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
However, approval by the board of directors, which meets on Wednesday afternoon, is considered likely. The main reason for this is the demanding appearance of the Greens, who came in as the third force in the repeat elections with only 53 votes behind the SPD. According to reports, they had not only demanded another senator post, but also the resignation of building senator Andreas Geisel (SPD). He was responsible for the chaos election of September 2021 as an interior senator. The Left Party had also made far-reaching demands. Above all, she wanted a clear commitment to implementing the referendum on the expropriation of large housing construction companies in Berlin.
For the SPD politician, a coalition with the CDU would mean that she herself cannot remain governing mayor; the office would probably fall to CDU top candidate Kai Wegner. However, a post as a "super senator" is under discussion for Giffey.
Approval for the proposal is indicated in the SPD state executive. "I'm actually a friend of left alliances, but I'll also raise my arm for black and red tomorrow. Unfortunately, there is no way that feels right,” said Lichtenberg City Councilor Kevin Hönicke. "We need a fresh start. However, the negotiations show that an alliance of losers is not possible.” This is also how the population perceives it. However, he spoke out in favor of having the coalition agreement approved by a member decision in any case. "I will stand up for it excessively tomorrow."
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