By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
In a breakthrough, the Greens and pro-business liberals agreed to start exploratory coalition talks with them.
Thursday’s talks with the “kingmakers” mean center-left leader Olaf Scholz is getting closer to realize his dream of becoming Germany’s chancellor.
It is a blow to the conservatives’ leader Armin Laschet, who presided over their worst-ever electoral performance. He has not yet given up: “We are also ready for further talks.”
However, the head of his CDU’s sister party in Bavaria, Markus Söder, has reportedly described the decision by the Greens and liberal FDP as a “de facto rejection” of a conservative-led government.
While the two Green and liberal German parties came third and fourth in last month’s elections, they are most popular among young voters.
The center-right CDU/CSU alliance – known as the Union – attracted 24.1 percent of the vote on September 26.
However, the Social Democrats won 25.7% and received the most seats in parliament, the Bundestag.
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