State elections: CDU and Greens before the first round of coalition negotiations in NRW

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    Will NRW get a black-green government for the first time? The CDU and the Greens want to turn the former coal country into a climate-friendly industrial location – at least that’s what the exploratory paper says.

    This afternoon in Düsseldorf, the CDU and the Greens will start coalition negotiations for a possible first black-green government in North Rhine-Westphalia.

    The meeting will again be led by the party chairmen, Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) and Mona Neubaur (Greens). Last week, 22 state politicians from both sides drew up an exploratory paper with common goals. The fine-tuning for a resilient coalition agreement is to be fine-tuned in specialist working groups in the coming weeks.

    The top committees of the CDU and the Greens approved the coalition negotiations on Sunday based on the exploratory paper. In it, the CDU and the Greens pledge to transform North Rhine-Westphalia into a climate-friendly industrial state 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.

    Both parties emerged from the state elections on May 15 with gains. The CDU is the clear winner with 35.7 percent. The SPD, on the other hand, slipped to its worst result in a state election in North Rhine-Westphalia with 26.7 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. So far, the federal state has been governed by black and yellow.