More leaks after Conservatives, Greens hold coalition talks

According to the leaks, the Greens want to loosen the EU’s fiscal rules, be more lenient in awarding German citizenship, and bring about the combustion engine ban earlier than 2035, [EPA-EFE/ Sean Gallup]

Direct quotes from Tuesday’s early negotiations on a coalition agreement between the Conservative CDU/CSU and the Greens were leaked to Bild within hours of the meeting starting. This comes after the Conservatives had reportedly leaked statements following their meeting with the liberal FDP on Sunday.

During the talks, the Greens highlighted the EU’s Growth and Stability Pact, migration, and the combustion engine ban as topics on which the parties had differing opinions, Bild reported.

According to the leaks, the Greens want to loosen the EU’s fiscal rules, be more lenient in awarding German citizenship, and bring about the combustion engine ban earlier than 2035, the date proposed by the European Commission.

For Conservative chancellor hopeful Armin Laschet, these differences between the Greens and the Conservatives are among the major roadblocks in forming the so-called ‘Jamaica’ coalition with the Greens and the FDP.

The Greens were disgruntled with party general secretary Michael Kellner, copying Monday’s reaction to the leaks by FDP deputy Johannes Vogel word-by-word in a nod to the second leak ascribed to the conservatives.

(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer  | EURACTIV.de)

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