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After hours of negotiations, the coalition agreed on further financial relief for the people of Germany. The German press agency learned this on Sunday morning from negotiating circles in Berlin. Details were not known for the time being. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) does not want to announce the results until 11 a.m. at a press conference. The Chancellery had already announced this during the ongoing deliberations of the leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP.

Negotiations began on Saturday afternoon. A package of targeted relief was planned to compensate for the drastic price increases in the course of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. The summit meeting was preceded by weeks of discussions.

In addition to Scholz, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) took part in the negotiations. Other ministers and the heads of the three parliamentary groups and parties were also gathered in the Chancellery.

The pressure on the coalition partners had continued to grow before the decision was made. They had also raised their own expectations. Lindner and SPD faction leader Rolf Mützenich had spoken of a “massive package”.

At a cabinet meeting in the middle of the week, Scholz had announced a relief package that was “as tailor-made as possible, as efficient as possible, as targeted as possible”. Among other things, targeted help for pensioners and students, tax cuts and a successor regulation for the 9-euro local transport ticket were discussed. Scholz had said during the exam in Meseberg near Berlin: “We are working on a large building, and the architecture of this building depends on all the individual parts, which only result in a good construction together.”

Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning that it was “done”. The top representatives of the SPD, Greens and FDP, who have been meeting in the Chancellery since Saturday afternoon, have achieved a “very good result”. However, Buschmann did not give any details either and referred to a press conference with the Chancellor.

With the first two relief packages, the electricity price surcharge to promote renewable energies (EEG surcharge) was abolished, there is an energy flat rate of 300 euros for all employees and a one-off payment of 100 to 200 euros for all unemployed, child benefit was increased once by 100 euros per child, fuel prices were supported for three months until August, and there was a 9-euro ticket for local public transport for the months of June, July and August.