Greens nominate ministers – Habeck economics minister and vice chancellor

From Andrea Thomas

BERLIN (Dow Jones) – The Greens appointed their ministers for the future traffic light coalition on Thursday evening. Party chairman Robert Habeck gets the super ministry for economy and climate. He will also become Vice Chancellor under what will probably be the next Chancellor, Olaf Scholz (SPD).

Habeck has already gained government experience in Schleswig-Holstein. There he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy Transition and Agriculture from 2012 to 2018. The studied Germanist and philosopher is therefore very familiar with the energy transition.

The Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock is to become the new Foreign Minister. That would make her the first woman to head the Foreign Office.

Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke and Federal Family Minister Anne Spiegel should be. Cem Özdemir was selected for the Ministry of Agriculture. He becomes the first federal minister with a Turkish migration background. Claudia Roth becomes Minister of State for Culture and Media.

The Greens are now starting their ballot on the coalition agreement and the personnel table for the cabinet. The result is to be announced on December 6th.

The FDP already presented its list of ministers on Wednesday and is holding an extraordinary party congress on December 5, at which the coalition agreement will be voted on. The SPD does not want to announce the occupation of the ministries until next week. The agreement is to be voted on at a digital party congress on December 4th.

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November 25, 2021 17:55 ET (22:55 GMT)

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