Germany's Kingmakers Difficult Talks Ahead for Greens and Free Democrats

The Green Party and the business-friendly Free Democrats plan to hold exploratory talks with each other before meeting with the main chancellor candidates in the coming days. They appear to be worlds apart but are already finding some common ground.
FDP leader Christian Lindner and Green Party co-chair Annalena Baerbock: In early talks, the two parties plan to avoid emphasizing which candidate they would prefer as chancellor.

FDP leader Christian Lindner and Green Party co-chair Annalena Baerbock: In early talks, the two parties plan to avoid emphasizing which candidate they would prefer as chancellor.

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Kay Nietfeld / dpa

In 2017, Green Party co-head Robert Habeck (left) and Wolfgang Kubicki of the Free Democrats successfully negotiated a governing coalition between the two parties in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

In 2017, Green Party co-head Robert Habeck (left) and Wolfgang Kubicki of the Free Democrats successfully negotiated a governing coalition between the two parties in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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Britta Hasselmann (of the Greens) und Marco Buschmann (of the FDP) are also viewed as possible bridgebuilders within the parties.

Britta Hasselmann (of the Greens) und Marco Buschmann (of the FDP) are also viewed as possible bridgebuilders within the parties.

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