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Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens & Liberals planning for December 6 government

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Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Liberals (FDP) announced on Thursday that they aim to finish coalition negotiations by the end of November and for a new government to come into force on December 6.

The government would be helmed by Olaf Scholz, from the SPD.

Volker Wissing, the FDP’s secretary-general told reporters following a first round of negotiations: “We are very ambitious and we want to have a (coalition) contract by the end of November that will allow us to elect a chancellor for the Federal Republic of Germany in the week of December 6 (…).”

The SPD narrowly won last month’s federal parliamentary elections, beating the Conservative union of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The union bloc, which had chosen Armin Laschet as its candidate for the country’s top job, had hoped to enter in a coalition with the Greens and FDP as well.

The Greens had indicated before the ballot however that they’d prefer to return to government with the SPD. The electorate also appears to prefer that alternative, according to polls.

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