With 66.02 percent! Spd base says yes to groko
In the vote on the coalition agreement negotiated with the CDU/CSU, a majority of 66.02 percent of members voted yes, as the SPD announced in berlin on sunday. It will already be the third rough coalition for the since 2005 ruling merkel.
A total of 378,437 votes were cast. 463,722 members were eligible to vote. The participation rate was 78.39 percent. 239 604 members voted yes, 123 329 voted no. This was announced by the treasurer, dietmar nietan, who is responsible for the payment. 161 days after the federal elections, the longest government formation to date enters its final phase. The election of merkel as chancellor is for the 14. March planned in the bundestag. There, the right-wing populist afd will now be the largest opposition party.
How stable the alliance will be remains to be seen. After two years, the SPD wants to find out how satisfied they are with it.
First, several weeks of exploratory talks about a jamaika coalition between the union, FDP and the greens failed, with the FDP preferring to speak on the 19th. November burst. After the SPD had announced its intention to go into opposition immediately after the election because of the drop to 20.5 percent and had ruled out a new grand coalition, it was taken to task by german president frank-walter steinmeier.
A special party conference in january gave the green light for coalition negotiations by a slim majority. After their end, the increasingly criticized party leader martin schulz resigned. He also gave up his plan to become aubenminister after two days. There had been massive protests at grassroots level, since schulz had previously categorically ruled out joining a cabinet led by merkel.
Andrea nahles is to become the first woman in SPD history to win the SPD presidency at a special party conference on 22 june. April take over. Until then, olaf scholz will lead the SPD on a provisional basis. Hamburg mayor to become federal finance minister and vice chancellor.
The SPD leadership plans to announce the appointments to its six ministries – including auben and labor/social affairs – in the next few days. The question of posts was to be deliberately decoupled from the result of the membership referendum because of the suspicion at the grassroots level. It is eagerly awaited to see who will get the job – incumbent and former party leader sigmar gabriel is on the verge of being replaced. He is said to have a fractured relationship with scholz and nahles.
The CSU will probably make its three ministers' names public this monday. It is known that CSU leader horst seehofer is to take over the interior, building and home affairs portfolio. In addition, the CSU gets traffic and development. The CDU sends the following ministers to the cabinet: peter altmaier (economy), jens spahn (health), ursula von der leyen (defense), anja karliczek (education), julia klockner (agriculture), helge braun (chancellery).
463,723 SPD members were eligible to vote in the referendum. According to the SPD, the cost of the vote was around 1.5 million euros. In 2013, 256,643 members voted yes, representing 75.96 percent approval. At the time, the mood toward the grand coalition was much more positive than it is now, partly because of the negotiated minimum wage.
The union and the SPD are now allowed to form a coalition again – together they gained around 14 percentage points. In the SPD, the previous governments with merkel are blamed for the loss of profile and a clear edge. Many members long for a more left-wing course.
Juso leader kevin kuhnert had made a massive pitch against a new grand coalition. The jusos launched a campaign to win new members who would vote against the groko. As a result, 24,339 people have joined the SPD since the beginning of the year.