Green base approves coalition agreement

BERLIN (Dow Jones) – After the SPD and FDP, the Greens, as the last traffic light partner, have finally approved the government alliance. In a strike ballot, the party base approved the coalition agreement with an approval of 86 percent, as the Greens federal managing director Michael Kellner announced at a press conference in Berlin. The Greens started the government “with a strong tailwind”, said party leader Annalena Baerbock. Kellner emphasized that the party had given a “clear vote” for the coalition agreement. “So a huge majority has accepted the coalition agreement, and we are entering a government with the SPD and FDP,” he said.

This means that the coalition agreement can be signed on Tuesday as planned and Olaf Scholz can be elected Chancellor on Wednesday. The 125,126 party members had voted for ten days digitally or by letter on the coalition agreement and the personnel board planned by the green side. According to Kellner, there were 71,150 valid votes, representing a turnout of 57 percent. According to him, 61,174 party members have agreed.

According to this, the Greens boss Robert Habeck is to become economics and climate minister as well as vice chancellor and co-chair Annalena Baerbock foreign minister. The former federal manager Steffi Lemke is planned as environment minister, as family minister the previous Rhineland-Palatinate minister Anne Spiegel and as agriculture minister the former party leader Cem Özdemir. The current Bundestag Vice President Claudia Roth is to become Minister of State for Culture.

During the discussions of the Greens, there had previously been heated discussions because the parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter, who belongs to the left wing of the party, was denied a ministerial office with the appointment of Realos Özdemir. The internal quarrels had led to a delay in the strike vote.

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December 06, 2021 08:50 ET (13:50 GMT)

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