Following the CDU’s loss in the 26 September elections, the party’s committees have decided to hold a party convention to re-elect the entire leadership team. Party chief Armin Laschet is among those who will be replaced.
The move is understood to signify the end of the conservative’s hopes of entering government via a coalition with the Greens and the business-friendly liberal FDP, a so-called “Jamaica” coalition, as all its executive personnel are now set to follow long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel in bowing out.
As the FDP and Greens met for about nine hours of talks on Monday, FDP chief Christian Lindner is unlikely to be overjoyed by the conservative abandonment of plans to form a coalition.
He must now enter a coalition with the social democrat SPD and the Greens, so-called “traffic light”, or effectively force another federal election.
The FDP continues to highlight its opposition to any tax increases or to loosening the constitutional debt brake.
(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer | EURACTIV.de)