CDU and Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia agree on coalition agreement

Mona Neubaur and Hendrik Wüst

Mona Neubaur and Hendrik Wüst

© 2022 AFP

A good five and a half weeks after the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, the CDU and the Greens have agreed on a coalition agreement.

A good five and a half weeks after the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia CDU and Greens agreed on a coalition agreement. Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) and Greens top candidate Mona Neubaur want to present the text on Thursday (1 p.m.) in Düsseldorf, as both parties announced during the night.

Representatives of the CDU and the Greens had been negotiating in Düsseldorf since May 31. The steering group included the Prime Minister on the CDU side libertine, faction leader Bodo Löttgen and building minister Ina Scharrenbach. Top candidate Neubaur, state chairman Felix Banaszak and parliamentary group chairmen Verena Schäffer and Josefine Paul, among others, negotiated for the Greens.

On the coalition agreement CDU and Greens vote at state party conferences at the weekend. The Christian Democrats are meeting in Bonn on Saturday. Around 280 delegates from the Greens are coming together for a two-day meeting in Bielefeld at the weekend. A new state board should also be elected, for which the current dual leadership of Neubaur and Banaszak will no longer stand.

In the state election by May 15, the CDU was by far the strongest with 35.7 percent. The Greens had increased significantly and achieved a record result of 18.2 percent. So far, Prime Minister Wüst has ruled in a two-party coalition with the FDP in North Rhine-Westphalia.

AFP