Germany’s ‘traffic light’ coalition already works, decides ‘freedom day’

On Wednesday, top-level representatives of the three parties presented a gradual way out of the so-called “epidemic situation of national scope” that had given sweeping powers to the federal government to keep the pandemic in check. [EPA-EFE / CLEMENS BILAN]

Even though German parties are in the midst of negotiating the “traffic light” coalition consisting of the social democrat SPD, the Greens and the business-friendly liberals FDP, they have already begun working together in the Bundestag.

On Wednesday, top-level representatives of the three parties presented a gradual way out of the so-called “epidemic situation of national scope” that had given sweeping powers to the federal government to keep the pandemic in check.

“SPD, Greens and FDP will end the epidemic situation of national scope,” Marco Buschmann, parliamentary leader of the FDP, told FAZ.

Starting on 25 November, many of the more restrictive measures available to the government and states will be removed meaning no more curfews and lockdowns in Germany.

On the other hand, Masks will stay until 20 March, the provisional German “freedom day,” when a set of less restrictive measures will be available to decision-makers.

It will include and be limited to, according to Buschmann, making people wear masks, to limit entry to those vaccinated/recovered/tested, hygiene concepts, personal distancing, contact tracing and “conditions for the operation of communal facilities.”

For the three parties to work so smoothly together to push a new law through parliament is an important signal pointing towards them forming a new government together.

(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer  | EURACTIV.de)

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