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Grand Coalition for Munich: Schmid and Strobl 2nd and 3rd Mayors 

Josef Schmid (CSU, lr), Christine Strobl (SPD) and Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) Photo: Peter Kneffel / dpa

Munich (MunichNOW Politics) — After almost 25 years, the so-called Red-Green coalition of Social Democrats and Green Party in Munich ended today. In the March election, this coalition lost its majority in the city council. Although the new mayor Dieter Reiter was elected by SPD and Green, they couldn’t manage to find majority. Reiter made it clear he was against a minority reign.

For a while it looked like a big coalition of CSU, SPD and Green Party, but on the final day, Greens stepped out. Now the CSU and SPD formed a new coalition and ended the red-green era. For many members of the two parties this was not just a coalition, but something like a political project. The SPD had a long-lasting party convention with long-lasting debates whether to get into the coalition with the old opponent and for the agreement with 71 to 51 votes. The CSU approved the agreement unanimously. Both parties also agreed who is going to nominate candidates for city administration head positions.

Former CSU candidate for mayor, Joseph Schmid, was elected 2nd mayor (vice mayor) and former 2nd mayor Christine Strobl (SPD) was elected 3rd mayor. Green candidate Sabine Nallinger lost both elections to become 2nd or 3rd mayor. It is clear: the era of Red and Green has ended.

The mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter (SPD, l) and Munich's CSU party leader Josef Schmid -- photo: dpa

The mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter (SPD, l) and Munich’s CSU party leader Josef Schmid — photo: dpa

 

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