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Germany’s FDP hopes for government by mid-December, Lindner tells Bild

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Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) is hoping to get a government by mid-December, the party’s leader Christian Lindner said in an interview with Bild.

Germany’s parties are launching exploratory talks after last week’s general election left the country’s largest political groups, the conservative CDU/CSU and the center-left SPD, just 1.6 percentage points apart, signaling a drawn-out coalition-building process. That has handed the smaller Free Democrats and the Greens a key role in the coalition talks.

“The FDP wants a speedy government formation by mid-December,” the newspaper quoted Lindner as saying.

Asked whether he would prefer a “traffic light” coalition with the SPD and the Greens or a “Jamaica” coalition with the CDU/CSU and the Greens, Lindner said: “One thing is clear: Our overlaps with the CDU/CSU are greater than with the SPD.”

But he stressed that “the CDU and CSU have to clarify whether they really want to lead a government,” criticizing speculation that the conservative alliance could wait for talks with the center-left SPD to fail before making a move.

“We are ready for serious talks with the Union and we hope for the same in return,” Lindner said.

The Greens and Lindner’s FDP are far apart too, with the Greens favoring a tax hike for the rich, but the FDP advocating lower taxes.

The Greens and his own liberal party “have a lot of differences,” Lindner admitted, but their call for change from the status quo and their success with young voters unites them, he said. However, tax hikes remain a red line for his party, he added.

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