The traffic light parties have tied down the new coalition agreement. It is also clear which party receives which ministerial post. The specific line-up is still questionable.
Berlin – The coalition agreement between the traffic light parties is in place after weeks of negotiations. The paper was finally tied down by the SPD, Greens and FDP on Wednesday. It is also clear which party receives which departments, i.e. federal ministries.
When the traffic light parties stepped in front of the cameras on Wednesday afternoon to present the coalition agreement, you could feel pure harmony. FDP leader Christian Lindner “got to know” the SPD candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Greens chairman Robert Habeck praised the coalition paper in the highest tones.
But in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday things obviously looked very different. Until late at night there should have been violent quarrels about items and contractual key points, reports the image. Accordingly, it was mainly about finance and the office of finance minister.
Negotiations of the traffic light coalition: haggling over posts until late at night
As is now clear, this powerful department will be headed by the FDP chairman in a new coalition. But loud image Habeck was also in the race for a long time. Finally, Lindner prevailed, who thanks to a legal trick is still a kind of vice of the future Chancellor Scholz.
While the division of the federal ministries is regulated, there are still some question marks among the people behind it. Only the FDP has already named its government team. As already mentioned, Lindner will be Finance Minister, Secretary General Volker Wissing will take over the Ministry of Transport and Digital, Marco Buschmann will head the Justice Department, and Parliamentary Managing Director Bettina Stark-Watzinger will be Minister of Education.
The Greens want to name their cabinet members on Thursday (November 25th, 2021) and initiate a ballot. It is quite certain that the Greens-Spitze will send Habeck into the race as Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. Co-boss Annalena Baerbock is very likely to become foreign minister.
Olaf Scholz was appointed Chancellor of the SPD – two other personal details are considered fairly certain
The occupation of the Ministry of Family, Environment and Food is still questionable. Possible candidates are the current parliamentary group leaders Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Anton Hofreiter and the former federal manager Steffi Lemke. But ex-party leader Cem Özdemir, who had an outstanding result in his constituency, is said to have opportunities.
The most opaque is the situation with the SPD, where a party congress is supposed to approve the personal details at the beginning of December. Logically, only Scholz is set as Chancellor. That his close confidante Wolfgang Schmidt will be head of the Chancellery is also considered to be fairly certain, as is the position of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Hubertus Heil should keep this.
It is still very likely that the previous Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht will become the new Minister of the Interior. But then? According to the coalition agreement, the SPD is entitled to four other ministries: construction, health, defense and development.
Karl Lauterbach could go away empty-handed in the new traffic light coalition
The question of who will be the new Minister of Health is particularly interesting. Karl Lauterbach trusts himself to the office and has many supporters, especially among representatives of a cautious Corona course. But the epidemiologist does not enjoy a high reputation in his SPD, and he is not exactly popular with the FDP either. It is quite possible that, in the end, the health policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group, Sabine Dittmar, will be awarded the contract.
There are two promising candidates for the defense department in a future traffic light coalition: SPD parliamentary group manager Carsten Schneider and Siemtje Möller, defense policy spokeswoman for the parliamentary group.
The previous Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is a candidate for the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, SPD Vice Klara Geywitz and the previous human rights officer in the Foreign Office, Bärbel Kofler, are in discussion. (Momir Takac)
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