The way is clear for coalition talks between the CDU and the Greens in Schleswig-Holstein. If the Christian Democrats have their way, a government should be in place in three weeks at the latest.

The CDU in Schleswig-Holstein has formally cleared the way for coalition negotiations with the Greens.

The executive board of the Christian Democrats voted unanimously on Wednesday to start negotiations between the two parties. This was announced by a CDU spokesman after the meeting.

In the case of the Greens, a state party conference had already approved the talks with a very large majority on Tuesday evening.

The plan was for the parties’ negotiating delegations to meet in a hotel in downtown Kiel on Wednesday afternoon. After the end of the soundings on Tuesday, Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) announced the goal of forming a government within the next three weeks.

In the state elections on May 8, the CDU missed an absolute majority in the state parliament by just one seat. Günther had initially tried to enable the Jamaica coalition of CDU, Greens and FDP, which had been in power since 2017, to continue. However, the Greens and FDP could not agree on this during exploratory talks. Only one of the two partners is needed to form a government. The CDU then offered the Greens another exploratory talk and coalition negotiations as a result. Together, the CDU and the Greens would have a two-thirds majority in the state parliament.

At first it was not foreseeable how quickly the CDU and Greens could come to a coalition agreement and whether it could also become difficult on issues such as internal security or agriculture.