The coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP continues to struggle over the controversial heating law. According to information from the German Press Agency, traffic light politicians also negotiated the topic on Saturday. Discussions should therefore take place all weekend.

The FDP wants fundamental improvements to a draft law passed by the cabinet. This stipulates that from the beginning of 2024 every newly installed heating system should be operated with at least 65 percent green energy. The switch is to be socially cushioned by state funding. There should also be transitional periods and hardship regulations.

The heads of the coalition had agreed at the end of March to pass the law before the summer recess in the Bundestag. The summer break begins after July 7th. Because of their concerns, the FDP prevented the draft from being discussed in the Bundestag for the first time. The Bundestag will meet again next week. The agenda needs to be finalized on Tuesday.