JNow that the traffic light women and the traffic light men will present a coalition agreement in the coming week, it is high time to deal with the red-green-yellow economic policy. So far it has always been about the climate and that getting into a lot of debts is probably the least thing. But what else? Will climate and debt dominate the next four years? Well, and unfortunately for a while from the corona virus, which the traffic lights actually wanted to abolish by an anticipated government decision.
At the SPD and FDP we have an inkling of what they stand for. The SPD is concerned with the hard-working little man (keyword: minimum wage) and the redistribution of income and assets, of course from top to bottom. The FDP is about freedom and competition and about companies, previously with special attention to dentists, pharmacists and hoteliers. Both parties have often (co) ruled in the federal government. But the greens? They are the new ones and therefore particularly interesting.
If one asks about the regulatory ideas of the Greens, there are two divergent wings in the party: Let’s call, to simplify matters, one paternalistic centralist and the other liberal federalists. Paternalists swear by the state, to which they only attribute good things. The state is a kind of benevolent dictator who guides people to switch to bicycles, build a solar roof, not eat meat and not discriminate against one another. Should the gentle instructions not work, paternalists can also consider tougher measures for moral reasons: forbid the auto industry to build vehicles with internal combustion engines, or for the energy industry to switch off coal-fired power plants. You don’t mean that badly. Because they themselves only want the good and the survival of the species by founding decree, they feel entitled to give the citizens a little help on the way there.
Friends of the grassroots
Paternalists can be found among the Greens not only in the fundamentalist camp (prototype: Jürgen Trittin), but also in the moderate realis (model: Annalena Baerbock) and especially among those who always align their flags with the changing wind direction (masterly: Katrin Göring -Eckardt). The party is dominated by the centralistic-paternalistic direction today.
But then there are also the liberals in the Greens. They are friends of the grassroots, can imagine plebiscitary elements in the constitution (“referendum”) and know that economic competition is also a “left-wing” disempowerment procedure that, under antitrust law, overthrows multinationals and young attackers (start-ups ) Opens up opportunities in the market. In an alliance with the FDP, the liberal federalists could get the upper hand again. For reasons of fairness and competition, for example, the power of the railways would have to be withdrawn. For the same reasons, the Nordstream 2 pipeline should not belong to the gas supplier, which would free us a little from the clutches of Gazprom.
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