In Brandenburg, a red-black-green coalition is building: The Greens have voted by a clear majority for negotiating a coalition with the SPD and the CDU. At a small party congress in Kleinmachnow, 46 of the 54 delegates voted in favor. That's 85.2 percent. The three parties will negotiate from Monday on a so-called Kenya coalition.

This was preceded by a "long, intense debate" as the Greens write on Twitter. "If Greens do not participate in these five years, then we will not be able to reduce the tons of CO2 a bit," campaigned Federal President Annalena Baerbock for coalition negotiations. The Brandenburg faction chief Ursula Nonnenmacher spoke of a "very great result", but also said: "We will take (...) that have many abdominal pain."

The regional leaders of the SPD and CDU had already decided on Thursday that they want to hold coalition talks. The Landesparteirat the Greens had also made a recommendation. However, the final decision had to be made by the Small Party Congress.

SPD and Left have lost their majority

In the state elections on September 1, the SPD, CDU and Left had lost between 5.7 and 7.9 percentage points, while Green and AfD gained votes. Thus, the red-red government of Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) no longer has a majority. Even with the CDU or the Greens, the SPD could only form a minority government. Since no one wants to work with the two-seated AfD, a tripartite alliance was necessary.

In recent weeks, the SPD had also conducted exploratory talks with the Greens and the Left, which would have been purely mathematically possible. But instead of red-red-green Brandenburg could now get a Kenya coalition. It would be the second such alliance at the state level. In Saxony-Anhalt governed Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) since 2016 together with the SPD and Greens.

After the inaugural session of the Brandenburg State Parliament next Wednesday, the three parties have time until Christmas for their coalition negotiations. If no Prime Minister is elected within three months, the Landtag is considered dissolved, and the state constitution provides for a new election.