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Red-red-green experiment: contract for Thuringian minority government stands

2020-01-15T17:49:55.520Z

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Erfurt (dpa) - Almost three months after the state election in Thuringia, the Left, SPD and Greens have agreed on a program for a minority government.

The coalition of Prime Minister Left Bodo Ramelow lacks four votes for a majority, so it is dependent on votes from the CDU and FDP. The leaders of Red-Red-Green informed about the conclusion of the contract on Wednesday in Erfurt. In view of the complicated majority in the state parliament, Thuringia is heading for a political experiment.

Previous minority governments in the federal states were either temporary solutions or were at least tolerated by another parliamentary group.

In the contract, the three partners define projects and make arrangements for joint action, for example in the Federal Council. "It will be signed after our member survey," said left boss Susanne Hennig-Wellsow. Negotiations are still underway, presumably also on Thursday, about the layout and distribution of the ministries, said SPD chairman Wolfgang Tiefensee.

The agreement, which is not as detailed as a coalition agreement, shows red-red-green that it is open to project-related cooperation with the opposition factions CDU and FDP, which reject tolerance with fixed rules or even committees.

At the beginning of the week, Ramelow and CDU party and faction leader Mike Mohring had agreed to talk about important projects. According to the CDU parliamentary group, the range of topics extends from curbing the loss of lessons through more police officers to better financing for local authorities. A date for a meeting between Ramelow and Mohring has not yet been set, according to the left.

Despite the strength of the left, which won the first state parliament election in Germany with Ramelow at the seat, red-red-green only comes in 42 out of 90 seats in the state parliament. The second strongest group with 22 seats in front of the CDU with 21 seats is the AfD with its front man Björn Höcke, with whom all other groups refuse to cooperate.

The alliance of three wants to forego legislative proposals in which the minority government relies on AfD votes. Plans include an investment program for municipalities, more school social workers, a mobility guarantee for people in rural areas, or a third non-contributory day care center. Thuringia should continue to have balanced budgets and reduce debt.

The government program and the formation of a minority government still have to approve party conventions of the SPD and Greens on the last weekend in January. The left starts a member survey. Ramelow has announced that he will stand for the prime ministerial election in parliament in February.

Source: zeit

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