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Berlin: Giffey wants to propose SPD coalition with CDU

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The voted-out Berlin mayor, Franziska Giffey, apparently wants to suggest that her party form a coalition with the CDU. If the SPD refuses, Giffey wants to resign, according to the media.

According to media reports, Berlin’s governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) wants to propose a coalition with the CDU to her party’s state executive on Wednesday. If he does not agree, she apparently wants to resign as SPD state chairman. This was reported on Tuesday by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, “Welt”, “Bild” and “Focus Online”, citing their own information.

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An SPD spokesman did not want to confirm this from the evening: There is still no preference for a party, he said. The state board will decide at its meeting on Wednesday afternoon. The editorial network Germany (RND) reported, citing party circles, that the Berlin CDU would also tend to the black-red alliance.

Franziska Giffey could become a senator

If this coalition were to form, Giffey would lose her position as governing mayor to CDU top candidate and election winner Kai Wegner. She herself could therefore become part of a new government as a senator.

Meanwhile, the Christian Democrats held discussions with the Greens for the third time on Tuesday; the third meeting with the SPD had already taken place on Friday. At the same time, the SPD and the Greens also spoke three times with their previous coalition partner, the left, about continuing their alliance. So far, no one has publicly expressed a preference.

CDU election winner in Berlin

The CDU clearly won the repeat election for the House of Representatives on February 12 with 28.2 percent, the SPD and the Greens each had 18.4 percent – the Social Democrats had a lead of only 53 votes over the Greens.

Source: Stern

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