In an interview with Merkur, Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock speaks about coalition options and distributes against the FDP, the Union and the Left. No longer “ducking away” is their new motto.
Berlin – For a while it looked as if Annalena Baerbock had the best chances for the Chancellery in the federal election in 2021. In the meantime, the candidate has fallen behind. A conversation about green content and coalition options.
… which you seldom see at the moment.
Baerbock: However. That’s why I think about her a lot.
Baerbock: … give everything so that real change is possible in our country.
For me personally, the most important thing is that …
Baerbock: … we no longer do things by halves when it comes to climate protection.
Many undecided voters want more clarity with whom the Greens want to enforce their policies. Above all, the Union warns against a left-wing alliance …
Baerbock: This campaign obviously fizzles out. When I see how much is stuck – we are not making fast enough progress on climate protection, social inequality in our education system has remained a problem for 20 years, we are lagging behind in terms of digitization – then I think that a new start would be good for the country.
When it comes to social justice, there is a lot in common with the Left Party.
“FDP and Union are doing too little” – Annalena Baerbock hands out shortly before the general election
The Greens want a wealth tax, abolish Hartz IV, a minimum wage of twelve euros – this is difficult to enforce with the FDP. So there’s little to be said for a traffic light, right?
Baerbock: We can only modernize Germany together. To do this, we need to reduce the divide that exists between people with lower incomes on the one hand and the wealthy and top earners on the other.
There are quite a few people who perceive change as a threat. Especially in climate protection. What do you say to those who fear that they will soon no longer be able to afford driving?
Baerbock: The greatest risk to our social security and our freedom is when we do nothing. The last few weeks have shown this dramatically: many people have lost everything as a result of the flood disaster. It falls on our feet that the Union and SPD have not used the last few years. The Greens want climate protection that goes hand in hand with a strong social policy. This includes a fair minimum wage, relief for people with low incomes and energy money.
The greatest risk to our social security and our freedom is when we do nothing.
Bundestag election: No longer “ducking away” – Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock on the tax policy of the Greens
Consistent climate protection becomes expensive. The consequences of the corona crisis also have to be shouldered. Which subsidies have to be cut?
Baerbock: We propose to invest 50 billion euros annually in climate protection, infrastructure and digitization. This can be done by reforming the debt brake. We should create the leeway for investments to borrow. Interest rates have been very low for a long time. However, if we simply return to the strict debt brake after the corona situation and save, as the SPD finance minister wants from 2023, the money for the necessary investments will not be available. Or we would have to cut social benefits. I dont want that.
But are there specific subsidies that you want to cut?
Baerbock: Yes, for example the tax exemption for crude oil for the production of plastic or the tax exemption for kerosene in air traffic. And fossil heating is still subsidized by the state, although we should actually ensure that people heat their houses with renewables.
Finally, I would ask you to add a sentence: In this election campaign I learned that …
Baerbock: … you don’t duck away when the wind blows in your face, because then the difficulties only get bigger. And that they are best approached as a team