In Brief: Exploratory talks for new coalition government in Brandenburg to start this week

Following Sunday’s regional elections, Brandenburg’s Minister President looks to form a new coalition government as soon as possible. In other news - on Thursday, key players will discuss the future of wind energy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Photo by Monika Müller-Kroll

 

 

The first exploratory talks for a new coalition government in Brandenburg are scheduled to start this week.

Although the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is a likely partner for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Brandenburg Minister President Dietmar Woidke says he will talk with all parties that are suited to form a coalition.

After the SPD, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) received the most votes in Brandenburg. The Greens and the Free Voters (in German, Freie Wähler) also saw increased support. Die Linke, however, lost significant ground – nearly 8 percentage points since the last regional election in 2014.

Saxony is also looking to form a new government. There, the CDU remained the strongest party. The AfD came in second.

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Four weeks after the start of the new school year, Berlin schools are almost fully staffed with the teachers they need.

Berlin Education Senator Sandra Scheeres said there is 99.9 percent coverage across Berlin’s 690 public schools.

Still, Berlin is continuing to hire, partly because some teachers have been applying to work part-time.

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On Thursday, key players will discuss the future of wind energy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

In the first half of 2019, 82% fewer new wind turbines were built than in the same period last year.

The president of the German Wind Energy Association, Hermann Albers, has called these figures alarming. Albers said bold steps need to be taken to ensure the energy transition to renewables is kept on track.

 

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