On November 24, the SPD, the Greens and FDP concluded their coalition talks. The party membership of the three parties have yet to approve the Coalition Agreement. Members of the Green party can vote on the Coalition Agreement and the proposals for personnel in the ten days following 24 November 2021. The SPD will hold an extraordinary federal party conference on December 4, 2021 to vote on the Coalition Agreement. The FDP plans to decide on the coalition agreement on December 5, 2021. Continue reading
Tax & Legal
On 15 October 2021, the leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), climate-friendly Greens and pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) presented their initial exploratory paper which also includes several tax issues. Tax increases are to be largely avoided, no tax cuts are planned. However, the issues addressed so far may still be subject to changes during future coalition negotiations and it should be expected that further topics might yet be brought up. Thus it is still a long way down the road until a joint coalition agreement can be signed since there are still several tricky questions remaining which will have to be brought in line by the acting team players and their political parties.