German Finance Minister Christian Lindner looks on as he addresses a press conference in Berlin in July 27, 2022. (Photo by Christian Spicker / AFP)

FDP leader Christian Lindner sees his party in the traffic light coalition as a guarantor against a shift to the left in government policy. “The important role of the FDP results from ensuring that Germany is governed from the center and does not drift to the left,” Lindner told the “Welt” on Monday. “We didn’t create the traffic light because we were automatically close in terms of content, but because we have a state-political responsibility.”

The FDP sees its role in bringing “liberal energy” into the coalition and thus “strengthening opportunities for advancement, motivation, economic freedom, openness to technology and solid finances”.