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According to German media, the SPD, Greens and FDP will start formal coalition negotiations this afternoon. Before the start of the official traffic light talks, the general secretaries of the SPD and FDP, Lars Klingbeil and Volker Wissing, as well as the Greens managing director Michael Kellner, appeared in front of the press.

Klingbeil announced that the 22 working groups will start work next Wednesday and should submit their first papers by November 10th.

The main negotiating groups would then clarify the final details of the coalition agreement.

“The exploration talks have given us courage,” says FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing.

Hurdles have already been cleared. A coalition agreement with the SPD and the Greens should be in place by the end of November.

The new Federal Chancellor should then be elected in the week commencing December 6th. “It is ambitious.”

According to the Greens federal manager Michael Kellner, the Greens are optimistic about the coalition talks. This is also evident from the fact that Olaf Scholz is expected to be elected Chancellor as early as the week commencing 6th December, said Kellner.

The traffic light parties SPD, Greens and FDP want to take over the government in the second week of December.

More to follow…

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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