Written by Staff Writer
BERLIN (CNN) — The center-left Social Democrats and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) have revealed their coalition program for Germany’s upcoming parliamentary election.
The so-called “Jamaica” coalition agreement is the formal “pledge” that accompanies each coalition agreement.
The document provides details of key proposals in the relationship with the incoming chancellor, the center-right Christian Democrats, and the Greens.
The FDP dropped its plan to legalize recreational cannabis use by April 30, 2020. The coalition agreement also intends to phase out the use of coal in favor of clean, renewable energy sources, by 2025.
The main policy areas covered include personal security, defense, social services, pensions, climate change, and health care. The FDP’s campaign center published its initial plans for changing Germany’s five-year budget back in September
The Jamaica coalition blueprint was introduced by Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. He said that he was optimistic the parties will be able to discuss the content in the coming weeks.
“I believe we are on the right path to stabilizing the social situation, strengthening the German economy and to ensuring an orderly exit from the euro (currency),” he said.