Magdalena Andersson stepped down on Wednesday evening, only hours after becoming Sweden’s first female prime minister, following a budget setback in parliament and the loss of her coalition partner in a two-party minority administration. Ms. Andersson said that she had to resign due to the Green Party’s decision to leave the two-party coalition, but said that she had notified the house speaker that she wanted to be named prime minister again as the leader of a single-party administration. After the coalition’s budget package was rejected by parliament, the Green Party announced that it would quit the government.
The contours of Germany’s new federal administration are beginning to appear just a few days after the general election. The Greens and the Liberal Democrats (FDP) have taken the initiative to initiate preliminary discussions. Green Party leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck met with FDP head Christian Lindner and FDP Secretary-General Volker Wissing as early as Tuesday evening for private talks, the location and subject of which were kept under wraps.