Chaos among the Saar Greens: The state association is tearing itself apart – the party leadership is probably also playing a role. Internal mails exacerbate this impression.
Saarbrücken – The Greens are in a challenging election campaign. In addition to the headlines about Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock and the resulting survey losses, there are constant disruptions from the small Saarland. Apparently also because the party leadership interferes, as is now known. The background to this is the naming of the state electoral lists. (With our brand new politics newsletter you will always be up to date in the final spurt before the federal election.)
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The Saar Greens are currently without a list. A fatal circumstance, as the provisional state manager Nadja Doberstein explained: “We need the list, because that can also cost the candidate for chancellor.” Without a state list, one could not vote green in Saarland. “That means: The voices for green from the Saarland are whistling.”
The federal party of the Greens accompanied the struggles of the Saar Association from the beginning – and did not really help to smooth things over. When ex-country chief Hubert Ulrich was elected to the top of the list instead of a woman in June, Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock stated: “We wanted things differently.” massive encroachment on the autonomy of the regional association ”. E-mails that have become public are now exacerbating the situation.
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The green party leaders had officially justified their position with the violation of the women’s statute. Presumably, however, there is more to the positioning of Baerbock & Co., which internal mails are supposed to prove. Again Daily mirror reports that the federal party of the Greens wants to prevent an unpleasant candidate under all circumstances.
Kellner is supposed to write about a “debacle” in an email to the regional association. “How you want to return to the state parliament with this approach is a mystery to me.” The Saar Greens are not represented in the state parliament. Baerbock, however, announced “intensive talks” with the regional association. Noisy Daily mirror this dialogue is said to have been heated. Confidante Ulrichs report of “hunted down” and “hate”. According to Ulrich himself, the day before the new edition of the party congress, the federal executive had exerted “massive pressure” on the state executive.
Greens in Saarland: back and forth about list naming – regional court rejects electoral list
The background to the misery: In June, the regional association put the former regional party leader Hubert Ulrich on the list and thus named the top candidate for the federal election. The election of the 63-year-old, who is also controversial within the party, was accompanied by some inconsistencies. For example, party members who were not entitled to vote had also voted. In addition, the first place on the list, like all odd places, is actually reserved for a woman according to the statutes. Because none of the candidates could prevail, Ulrich was chosen. The Federal Arbitration Court of the Greens then declared the election to be invalid.
Before the second attempt at the list election, the arbitral tribunal had then excluded 49 delegates from Ulrich’s Saarlouis local association, as there were doubts about the official number of members. The list that was then drawn up lifted Jeanne Dillschneier, regional director of the Green Youth, to the top – but did not end the chaos. On Friday (July 30th) the Saarland state electoral committee rejected the state list because members could not be excluded.
Greens are facing a massive problem in Saarland – regional association “hopes”
On Monday (August 2), the Saarland Greens filed a complaint against the rejection. The federal electoral committee will decide this Thursday, said Green politician Lisa Becker. “We hope that we will be heard and that our country list will still be approved.”
The Saar Association is currently tearing itself apart because of the quarrels. Some party members have resigned, others politically burned. On the in-house website, under the Chairperson tab, “nn” – nomen nominandum, the name has yet to be mentioned. According to the current status, it is going into the election campaign without a list or leader.
The Saarland is the smallest area in Germany. In the 2017 federal election, the Greens in the Saar received 35,117 second votes. At that time that was just 0.84 percent of all votes for the party. Despite this manageable share, Saarland seems to be more preoccupying the Greens than they’d like. Nobody emerges as the real winner of the dispute at the moment. (as)
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