Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - FDP leader Christian Lindner sees much more favorable conditions for his party's participation in government this year than in 2017 after the federal election this year at an online press conference of the NRW-FDP in Düsseldorf.

Now “new personalities wanted to set new accents in all parties”.

On March 21, the 42-year-old from Wuppertal is applying for first place in the list of candidates for the federal election at a state election meeting of the NRW-FDP.

Despite the corona pandemic, the state association is planning to have up to 400 delegates in the Dortmund Westfalenhallen, but is betting that voting rights will also be transferred in order to reduce the number of participants.

In 2017, Lindner, together with Armin Laschet, who was elected CDU federal chairman last January, forged what is currently still Germany's only black and yellow government alliance.

Nobody had that on the plan back then, said Lindner.

"Now it is time for the FDP to take responsibility for our country at the federal level as well."


After the 2017 federal election, he surprisingly rejected an alliance of CDU, FDP and Greens after weeks of exploratory negotiations with the words: "It is better not to govern than to govern wrongly."

On Friday he affirmed that the FDP would stick to the content it promised the citizens before the election: “We do not enter governments in which we are forced to break the given word.

However, we are optimistic that the conditions for the formation of a government this year will be different than in 2017. "

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