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FDP To Advance Vote On Whether To Remain In Governing Coalition


The executive board of the pro-business liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) have confirmed that the requisite number of signatures have been gathered to force a non-binding party-wide vote on remaining in the federal 'traffic light' coalition. While an 'out' vote will not force the FDP to withdraw from gov't, a strong result for the campaign calling for withdrawal would place significant pressure on party leader and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner.

  • No date has been set for the vote, which will take place over 14 days via an online portal, but there is speculation that it could come as early as January 2024.
  • HNA reports comments from Matthias Nölke, a former Bundestag member for the FDP who organised the ballot campaign. "A success for the project would be if 60 or 70 percent of the members take part “and more than half of them say: get out of the traffic light."...If around 50,000 of the almost 76,000 members voted for the break in the coalition, “that could no longer be ignored by the party leadership in Berlin,” says Nölke."
  • The vote could come at an inopportune time for the FDP and the federal gov't as a whole as it seeks to pass the 2024 budget early in January (see 1004GMT bullet).
  • In the event a strong 'out' vote pushes Lindner to withdraw the FDP from gov't it could result in the party propping up a minority Social Democrat-Green coalition, or in an extreme case lead to snap elections.

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