coalition agreement for black-green in NRW

Wust and Neubauer

Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) and the state chairwoman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Mona Neubaur, in a press statement. Photo: Roberto Pfeil/dpa

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Black-green is new for NRW. Nevertheless, the coalition negotiations lasted barely three weeks. Prime Minister Wüst and the state party leader of the Greens are now relying on grassroots approval.

CDU and Greens have successfully concluded their coalition negotiations for North Rhine-Westphalia.

Five and a half weeks after the state elections, Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) and the party leader of the NRW-Greens, Mona Neubaur, present the contract in Düsseldorf. Both parties announced this early Thursday morning.

On Saturday, party conferences of the CDU and Greens in Bonn and Bielefeld are to be held about the first black-green party coalition agreement vote for the most populous federal state. The base of both parties is expected to agree. The contract could then be signed by the heads of the delegation at the beginning of the week.

No surprises to be expected

Re-election of Prime Minister Hendrik Wust, who led a black-yellow coalition for eight months as the successor to Armin Laschet (CDU), is on the agenda of the state parliament for next Tuesday. Since the CDU and Greens have a comfortable majority of 115 of the 195 seats in the new state parliament, no surprises are to be expected in the five-party parliament.

Since May 31, 13 specialist working groups with more than 150 participants have been negotiating. The basis was a joint exploratory paper. In it, the CDU and the Greens commit themselves to conversion North Rhine-Westphalia to a climate-friendly industrial country and to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030. Among other things, both want to increase the number of jobs and the budgets for schools and the police. All details were kept strictly confidential during the negotiations.

On May 15, the CDU emerged as the clear winner from the state elections with 35.7 percent. The Greens were able to almost triple their share of the vote compared to 2017 to 18.2 percent and ended up in third place behind the SPD (26.7).

So far, NRW has been governed by the CDU and FDP. Since the Free Democrats have halved their election result to 5.9 percent, black and yellow can no longer govern.