On 6 January, ALDE Party member Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany held its annual Three Kings Meeting in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg.
In his speech, party leader Christian Lindner focused on the challenges and goals for the so-called traffic light coalition in the German government with a clear message: Now the work really begins.
“Our central policy is ready for departure and we want to shape the future and not dream of the past. We Liberals have great respect for people who have already achieved something, who can stand their ground in life. But our heart belongs to those who still want to achieve something. Those who want to find their chance. Those who are just starting out: the newcomers, the start-ups, the outsiders – we stand up for them," Lindner said.
He also highlighted the most important issues for the German Liberals in the traffic light government with the SPD and the Greens. These included education and social policy as well as climate policy. Here, he said, it had already been possible to move the discourse away from debates about bans such as the speed limit towards innovations in research and development. "The best social policy is the one that invests in people's opportunities and minds," he added.
The event also included speeches by designated FDP Secretary General Bijan Djir-Sarai and Baden-Württemberg FDP members Michael Theurer and Dr Hans-Ulrich Rülke.
You can watch the full speech by Christian Lindner below (in German).
Es gibt viel zu tun in unserem Land. Und wir wollen auch viel tun. 💪 Aber wir können die Zukunft nicht mit den Methoden der Vergangenheit angehen, sondern mit den Methoden der Zukunft. Auf ins Neue. 🚀 #3K22 #AufInsNeue pic.twitter.com/2ilm4T6yAx— FDP (@fdp) January 6, 2022
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