The German Green Party agrees to start formal coalition talks

Party delegates have voted by a large majority to join formal negotiations with the Social Democrats and the neoliberal FDP to form the next government.

Germany’s Green Party voted on Sunday to join formal talks to be part of the country’s next ruling coalition government.

The climate-friendly party came third in Germany’s election on September 26, but is a kingmaker in forming the next government.

The center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) won the largest share of the vote and has been holding preliminary talks with the Greens and the business-focused Free Democratic Party (FDP) for the past week.

On Friday, the leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP wrapped up exploratory coalition talks and agreed to proceed further, subject to approval by each of the parties’ senior officials.

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