Federal Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner with Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on the government bench in 2022.
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Friedrich Merz suddenly thinks about black and green. I cannot advise my party to enter into a coalition with the Greens again. A guest post.

DHe, an uninvolved third party, rubs his eyes when he looks at some of the reports from political Berlin over the past few days. Strategic coalition ties are now being formed between the CDU/CSU and the Greens with remarkable openness, even though the federal election will not take place until autumn of next year.

After the Green Federal Economics Minister not only threw out a new debt-financed subsidy program in the plenary session of the German Bundestag without consulting the coalition partners, but also immediately offered to talk to Friedrich Merz, he didn't take long to ask. In his weekend newsletter, Merz explained that the former “main opponents” in the current government would also like to be part of “his” government.