Viable coalitions in Berlin now need a minimum of three parties.The SPD has said it sees the most overlap with the Greens and the Left Party, although it will also talk to its current partner, the Christian Democrats.
Indeed, former FDP leader Guido Westerwelle consistently refused to entertain the notion at a national level, on the grounds that their platforms were too different, while Wolfgang Kubicki, party leader in Schleswig-Holstein, has already virtually done so in his state following May 7.() On Sunday, the Free Democrats concluded their party conference and will now seek to reenter parliament in September.DW gives you all the information about the small laissez-faire party that could hold the keys to power.But it has fallen out of favor since the charismatic duo of Schröder and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer were around, and there is currently little likelihood it will take over after the parliamentary election on September 24: the SPD is struggling to poll over 30 percent, while the Greens are languishing at around 8 percent.Nevertheless, they have made very happy bedfellows in the past: the SPD is traditionally supposed to catch the "old-left" supporters, the working classes and trade unions, while the Greens are the natural party for the progressive leftist metropolitan voters.
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After the latest regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein, no party has emerged with an absolute majority. Here's an overview of which coalitions can be formed in German politics.Once the campaign dust has settled on every German election, either at state or national level, the political parties, who have spent the previous months pulling apart each other's policies and casting aspersions on the credentials of each other's candidates, have to find a way to make friends." Below are the most common options, with a few caveats regarding coalition-willingness: the right-wing nationalist Alternative for Germany (Af D) is currently seen as a pariah for all the other parties, both at state and national level, while the other parties have so far only found the stomach to accommodate the socialist Left party in some states.Read more: What do the terms "left" and "right" mean in Germany's political spectrum?() Germany's biggest political parties want to end their marriage of necessity, but is a grand coalition actually such a bad thing?