Coalition negotiations in North Rhine-Westphalia begin on Tuesday

Coalition negotiations in NRW begin on Tuesday

Published on 30.000.2017

  • Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Hendrik Wüst (l, CDU) and Greens top candidate Mona Neubaur in conversation in Düsseldorf. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa

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Turbo drive for black-green in NRW: A paper with common goals is already available. The leadership circles unanimously say yes to coalition negotiations. And it’s already starting this week.


CDU and Greens are preparing for coalition negotiations in North Rhine-Westphalia. A good two weeks after the state election, things should start on Tuesday – one day before the inaugural session of the new state parliament.

After meetings of both party committees, CDU state party leader and Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst announced the official start of the talks on Sunday evening. The leadership circles of the CDU and the Greens had previously voted unanimously in favor of it.

Black and green is thus finally the most likely option for the next state government. It would be the first coalition of this kind for the most populous federal state.

Twelve-page exploratory paper

The decision-making basis for the joint yes was a twelve-page exploratory paper in which both parties summarized common goals in the past week. A total of 22 state politicians had worked on it under the leadership of Wüst and the Greens state party leader Mona Neubaur. It is expected that these core delegations, which will include the main leaders of both parties – in the CDU several influential ministers – will continue to negotiate in this composition, supported by working groups for all issue areas.

In their exploratory paper, the CDU and the Greens commit to a climate-neutral industrialized country. The parties want to set up an “immediate climate protection program” and are sticking to the intended early phase-out of coal by 2030. At least 1000 additional wind turbines are planned for the next five years.

In the education sector should be in the coming years 10.000 additional teachers will be hired. In addition, more police officers are to be hired.

Arithmetically, traffic lights are also possible

Both parties were with gains from the state election on 15. emerged in May. With 30,7 percent, the CDU is the clear winner of the election. The SPD, on the other hand, slipped with 26 to its worst result in a state election in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Greens were able to increase their share of the vote compared to 2017 to 18,2 percent almost tripled and ended up in third place. So far, the federal state has been governed by black and yellow.

In purely mathematical terms, a traffic light coalition under SPD leadership with the Greens and FDP would be possible. However, this option would only come into play if the CDU and Greens could not agree on a coalition. After the clear signals from the weekend, however, this variant seems to be a long way off.

Wüst spoke of an “overall viable basis” on the way to a stable government for NRW. In front of around 100 delegates at the small party conference in Essen, Neubaur underscored: “What now lies before us as an opportunity is that we shake hands with a CDU over a bridge and find cross-camp solutions.” (dpa)

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