The SPD chairman Lars Klingbeil has appealed to the traffic light parties to end the public mutual accusations and to work together on solutions. In order to achieve the goals we have set ourselves as a coalition, "we have to get into a different working mode," said Klingbeil on Wednesday of the "Rheinische Post" and the ARD capital studio. “This is an appeal to all three parties in government. These public disputes must stop now.” For the SPD, in any case, he has these “clear expectations”.
Klingbeil pointed to the meeting of the coalition leaders planned for Sunday, which had to find solutions. "It's about all three of us becoming aware of the responsibility we bear," said the SPD leader. “We have big problems to solve. The public dispute of the last few days, the mutual reproach, that's not what we need right now to move the country forward."
Especially between the coalition parties FDP and Greens, the tone had intensified in the past few days - major points of contention include the ban on burners, the phase-out of coal and the future of oil and gas heating. The day before, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) had attested to the coalition's insufficient current account and accused the coalition partners of a lack of ambition, especially when it came to climate protection. The deputy FDP chairman Wolfgang Kubicki also had to apologize to Habeck “in all forms” after a comparison with Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin.
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