Who will be finance minister? The FDP would gamble away its exploratory successes if Christian Lindner did not become the new master of money, comments Georg Anastasiadis.
In the traffic light coalition it is like in marriage: after the honeymoon the trouble begins. The honeymoon, that was the sounding. The coalition talks are now starting, and it is time to get down to business between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. The fierce dispute over the future finance minister shows: The red-green-yellow liquorice puff is over for the time being, and unsurprisingly, the new male friends Lindner and Habeck are the first to clash.
Traffic light coalition negotiations: For the FDP and Christian Lindner, it’s about everything
Especially for the Liberals, it’s about everything. Your much-noticed exploratory success with the rejection of tax increases and higher debts would quickly be exposed as a model of no value if FDP boss Lindner, as the new master of money, was not allowed to control the fulfillment of the agreements, but Robert Habeck with his green penchant for state economy and the deep entrenched belief that the climate can only be saved with many billions in taxes.
It almost killed the FDP that, after his triumph in the 2009 tax election campaign, Guido Westerwelle did not attack the finance ministry, but the supposedly more popular foreign ministry. This near-death experience shapes the liberals to this day.
Traffic light coalition negotiations: what remains for Robert Habeck of the Greens?
Obviously, Habeck has a problem: The new government will only have three centers of power with veto and cross-sectional powers. If the SPD gets the chancellor’s office, the FDP the finance department and Habeck’s party friend Annalena Baerbock the climate ministry, what then remains for him as Vice Chancellor? The many traffic lights talk about it, this time it is only about the matter and not about posts, should beguile the public. But was anyone really stupid enough to fall for it?
In the video: FDP clears away for traffic light coalition negotiations
People trust people, not coalition agreements. If Lindner renounces the Ministry of Finance, the trust that the upcoming traffic light has built in the liberal bourgeoisie would suddenly destroy and lead the whole project on the wrong track from the start. Even the mighty Green chief Habeck cannot wish that.