A good two weeks after the state elections, the CDU in Schleswig-Holstein is backing an alliance with the Greens. As Prime Minister and CDU state leader Daniel Günther announced on Monday after a state executive meeting in Kiel, the CDU is inviting the Greens to two-way soundings.

“We didn’t take the decision lightly,” said Günther. They want to continue to ensure dynamism in the country, “achieve ambitious climate protection goals”. Günther announced that he would invite the Greens to sound out as early as Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Coalition negotiations could then begin on Wednesday.

However, the Greens would first have to agree to black-green coalition negotiations at a small party conference. This is expected to be held on Tuesday evening.

After the election, the CDU initially sought a tripartite alliance with the Greens and FDP, but this option failed last week due to resistance from the Greens. The FDP decided unanimously at a small party conference on Sunday to officially offer the CDU negotiations on a joint coalition, but has now lost out.

The CDU emerged from the state elections on May 8 with 43.4 percent as the strongest force. Günther’s party missed the absolute majority in the state parliament by just one seat. Black-Green would have a two-thirds majority in the state parliament, which is even enough for constitutional changes. The Greens had also increased significantly in the election with 18.3 percent.