The Berlin left-wing MP Stefan Liebich had vigorously advertised the meeting of the SPD think tank. In Prenzlauer Berg on Wednesday last week this circle of the SPD parliamentary group met for the summer party, together with fellow campaigners from the Greens and the Left Party. For 15 years the circle has been fighting for a red-red-green rapprochement. This year, Rolf Mützenich (SPD), Anton Hofreiter (Greens) and Dietmar Bartsch (left) were represented by three parliamentary group leaders. The Saxon parliamentarian Caren Lay, which is traded as a possible successor to Sahra Wagenknecht, turned next to a number of other left-wing politicians around the round.

The news about the decision of the Bremen Greens to aim for the first red-red-green alliance in a western federal state burst in the middle of the party – and was greeted with applause from the representatives of all three parties. "We have to spread hope," said Bartsch to the party guests, a reference also to a possible left wing alliance in the Bund. Liebich is much more relaxed after the meeting than he was months ago, as far as the chances for # r2g are concerned, as the code for this constellation is called. Red-Red-Green is "completely disappointed" in the SPD, he says – and as an option more popular than the continuation of the Groko or a traffic light government. "There is a very different mood in the SPD, even if not all openly."


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