It’s a day on which Volker Wissing is meticulous about not appearing too triumphant. The transport minister from the FDP does not want to upset his coalition partners from the Greens any further. He doesn’t even think about who has now prevailed more in the days-long negotiations of the coalition committee. “I would like these decisions to help settle the debate,” Wissing said the day after.

He doesn’t just mean the sometimes heated discussions within the government. For Wissing, the decisions are about an even greater good: the decisions of the coalition committee should contribute to pacifying the entire population.