After defeat in Lower Saxony: Kubicki: FDP does not play with traffic light breakage

In the debate about the consequences of the FDP's electoral defeat in Lower Saxony, party deputy Wolfgang Kubicki assured that the Free Democrats would not jeopardize the traffic light coalition.

After defeat in Lower Saxony: Kubicki: FDP does not play with traffic light breakage

In the debate about the consequences of the FDP's electoral defeat in Lower Saxony, party deputy Wolfgang Kubicki assured that the Free Democrats would not jeopardize the traffic light coalition.

"No responsible FDP politician is playing with breaking the traffic light," emphasized the Bundestag Vice President on the ARD program "Maischberger". But he said: “We have to realize (…) that a large number of our voters who elected us in 2021 are strangers to this coalition, or strangers to the appearance of the FDP in this coalition.”

That doesn't mean that the FDP has to make more riots, "we just have to make it clear to people that we have a significant share in the success of this coalition". The FDP was kicked out of the state parliament in Lower Saxony on Sunday.

On the mood in the coalition with the SPD and the Greens, Kubicki said: "When we started, we had a common spirit." In the meantime, the impression has arisen that this common spirit no longer exists. "Either we go back there, or we will find that everyone does their own thing in the coalition. Then we are still a coalition, but there are no longer any joint projects that people can sell as successes."

Kubicki expects an agreement in the Akw debate to be reached soon

With a view to the current coalition dispute over the nuclear power plants, Kubicki expressed confidence that there will be an agreement. "You can assume that after the Green party conference at the weekend, this problem will be solved next week." Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) promised a quick clarification within the coalition on Wednesday. Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) said in the evening on the ARD “Tagesthemen” that people were talking to each other “at high pressure”.

Fundamental questions about the continued operation of German nuclear power plants (AKW) are disputed between the Greens and the FDP. Habeck wants to keep the two southern German nuclear power plants ready for use in the event of power supply bottlenecks until the spring - that is, beyond the actual shutdown date at the end of this year. The FDP, on the other hand, is pushing for all three remaining nuclear power plants to continue operating until 2024.

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