The traffic light coalition agreement is in place, the ministries are distributed. There is trench warfare for posts among the Greens. It’s a relapse, comments Mike Schier.
Munich – It is a relapse into times long believed to have been overcome: The Greens have slashed and stabbed between the party wings. At first sight it is “only” about ministerial posts, but in fact the entire orientation of the party is under scrutiny. The Realo-head wants to smooth the development to the left people’s party, which was suddenly interrupted by the strengthening of the Scholz-SPD. The left, on the other hand, rely on pure teaching: They quarrel not only with the allocation of posts, but also with the concessions on climate protection.
Fight for the ministerial posts in the Greens: memories of the Joschka Fischer era
The truth is: pure teaching doesn’t work in government – especially not in a three-party coalition. The party leadership had to accept this after the 9/11 attacks. It was exactly 20 years ago that even convinced pacifists had to decide on foreign deployments of the Bundeswehr. At the time, this drove the party to the brink of split. Unforgotten: The paint bag attack on Joschka Fischer. But if the Greens had not shown government pragmatism at the time, they would not have been half as accepted today.
Greens dispute: quota question and wing battles win over professional competence
And yet yesterday’s escalation will go down as an inglorious chapter in party history. Mainly because quota issues and wing battles are more important than technical competence. In the end, Cem Özdemir could find himself in the Ministry of Agriculture – you had to come to that first! The traffic turnaround is confidently placed in the hands of the FDP. A good start in government looks different.
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