The FDP, CSU politicians oppose the general traffic bans – prominent representatives of the FDP and CSU have spoken out against traffic bans on cars. „For us, it is clear that we are opposed to general traffic bans and that we cannot meet the requirement for a ban on internal combustion engines by 2030,“ said current Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt before the ARD exploratory talks. Christian Lindner, head of the FDP, told Bild in an interview that there would be „no traffic ban with the FDP. Through electrification and digitization, we can make transport more environmentally friendly […]. Given that air quality is already good, we should take more time if necessary with regard to stricter European limit values,“ Lindner said. The emphasis on European policy is also reflected in the safety rules. The coalition`s objective is to strengthen the EU`s common security and defence policy by continuing to support all initiatives adopted in 2017 – Permanent Structured Cooperation (SpeESCO), The European Defence Fund (EDF) and Coordinated Annual Defence Review (CARD). In addition, the coalition announced its commitment to appoint a duly occupied EU headquarters for civilian and military operations. In addition, the new government wants to launch an initiative similar to that of the CSP to strengthen civil management of EU crises. Exploratory talks are due to start on 18 October – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her conservative CDU and CSU bloc will begin exploratory talks on 18 October on forming a Jamaican coalition. On that day, the CDU/CSU would conduct separate discussions with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens.
„We will then have a first round of exploratory discussions with all partners on Friday 20 October,“ Merkel said on Monday at a joint press conference with CSU leader Horst Seehofer. The CDU and CSU agreed on a common compromise on refugee policy to remove a major obstacle to discussions with other parties. Two-thirds of the party`s 464,000 members voted „yes“ to the deal, meaning Merkel could be sworn in for a fourth term by the middle of the month, in a repeat of the grand coalition that has ruled since 2013. German parties disagree on coalition talks: Chancellor Merkel`s CDU/CSU members and the Social Democrats are vying for the next federal government over migration and tax cuts, Reuters reports. Party leaders meet on January 3 for preliminary talks before exploratory talks begin on January 7. Based on the results of several meetings the following week, the parties will decide whether or not to engage in formal negotiations.