The economy in particular is reacting skeptically to the outcome of the exploratory talks. Here are the voices of the CDU, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the business association.
CDU chief Kai Wegner (49): “A low blow for Berlin, a city of opportunities. The allegedly new course of the SPD in terms of content in the election campaign was evidently a mere campaign maneuver. Giffey and Saleh have a serious credibility problem with this decision.
In any case, it is the first heavy defeat for the SPD duo and a sign of the weakness against their own party and the coalition partners before it even starts. Anyone who wants to put our city back in order after five years of red-red-green needs a clear course, assertiveness and determination. All that is missing from this constellation. “
►IHK President Daniel-Jan Mädchen (40): “After the deep red balance of the last government, we now need a coalition capable of action that will tackle and solve Berlin’s problems: The city must finally function again. The economy is part of the solution. We build apartments.
We have innovative solutions for the digitalization of administration, for the energy transition, for more climate protection. Politics must create the framework conditions so that we and our employees can make the city fit for the future. Demanding expropriations is an attack on the very foundations of our social market economy. The next coalition must be a coalition together with business. “
►Business Association Chief Executive (63): “The last five years of red-red-green have not made any progress on key issues for the city. The coalition dealt with many important points too late, with the wrong recipes, or not at all.
That is why Berlin is being slowed down by a whole series of construction sites – in housing construction, in education, in digitization, in administration or in infrastructure. The organizational margins on recent election day are a low point in this series. From our point of view, a lot would have spoken in favor of a new start in a different political constellation. “