Annalena Baerbock is facing the next important election date: On Sunday she can be seen in the ARD “summer interview”. There she made a mistake in 2019.
- Annalena Baerbock faced the ARD “summer interview” on Sunday (August 22nd).
- In an interview with moderator Tina Hassel, the Green Chancellor candidate admitted mistakes – of a personal nature, but also negligence by Green governments in the countries. (Update from 5:35 p.m.)
- In a question and answer session that followed, Baerbock named a condition for a red-red-green coalition. At the same time, she explained her climate course in a remarkable way. (Update from 6.15 p.m.)
Update from August 22nd, 6.15 p.m .: Following the ARD “summer interview”, Annalena Baerbock asked audience questions – on the one hand presenting the green climate policy in a rather astonishing way, and on the other hand dispensing with an answer to a somewhat explosive question. The candidate for chancellor also spoke out on the subject of a possible red-red-green coalition.
It is not about “that people have to change,” said Baerbock with a view to the adherence to the 1.5-degree target, which her party strongly demanded. Rather, there should be affordable offers of regional meat produced in organic quality for everyone in the supermarket, for example. For example, the EU funding guidelines would have to be changed so that “everyone has the opportunity to buy a good piece of meat”. This also means “less meat in production so that we don’t throw away a large part of it and put it in the garbage cans as before”.
Baerbock in the ARD “summer interview”: Green names condition for red-red-green –
Baerbock expressed himself more clearly than in the previous interview part of the program about possible coalition constellations. An important topic is “social justice in Germany”, she said. This is where the greatest overlap with the SPD goes. However, she is worried about the social democrats’ climate policy. It made no sense to enter government without turning onto the “1.5-degree path”, she judged.
A red-red-green coalition – which the Union had recently identified as a point of attack – did not rule out Baerbock. “I’m not ruling out any conversation among Democrats,” she said. “But of course the content has to be right, especially when it comes to European and foreign policy,” added Baerbock, probably with a view to the demands of the left. Among other things, this advocates the dissolution of NATO.
When asked about the three main election goals, Baerbock answered – unlike Armin Laschet recently – with no mistakes. However, there seemed to be a surprisingly large overlap with the Union, at least when it came to the selection of the subject areas. Baerbock referred to climate protection as a measure to secure the future of German industry. As further points she named relief for families and the strengthening of education as well as a “common renewal of Europe”. The situation at the EU’s external borders, for example, is also a consequence of neglected joint action.
ARD “Summer Interview”: Baerbock does not rule out mandatory vaccination for groups – and does not answer any other way
“A vaccination requirement is legally, legally, legally not that easy in our country,” said Baerbock on another audience question. But there are professions, for example in the armed forces, where something like this is possible. It could also happen that one would have to “talk about the question of further vaccination obligations in individual professional groups”.
The Greens chief referred in particular to the situation in schools and to children who could not be vaccinated because of their young age. “You have to imagine what the alternatives are. And if the alternative is a hard lockdown, daycare centers and schools completely closed again – which was a real disaster for many families – then all other alternatives have to be on the table. “
In a quick question and answer session, Baerbock failed to answer at one point. Moderator Tina Hassel handed the Green the sentence “a rash statement from me was …” to complete. After several seconds of silence on the part of the candidate for chancellor, Hassel moved on to the next question.
As an exception, the “summer interview” was not recorded outdoors in Berlin’s government district, but in an ARD studio. Hassel justified the setting with the weather: At the time of the conversation in the capital, it was “pouring out of buckets”.
“Chancellor’s office” in sight: Baerbock mentions errors in “summer interview” – and demands Hartz IV
Update from August 22nd, 5:35 p.m .: Annalena Baerbock * survived the ARD “summer interview” without any further excitement. Probably also because the Green Chancellor candidate has consistently avoided questions about post-election personalities. In return, Baerbock once again admitted personal mistakes, held out the prospect of a pragmatic new beginning after a possible victory in the federal elections – and raised allegations against the federal government in matters of Afghanistan, among other things.
In the light of the current election polls, she continues to identify herself as a candidate for chancellor, emphasized Baerbock – her party is aiming for the “office of the Chancellor”. “Yes, there were setbacks in this candidacy too,” said the Greens. Now it is a matter of “regaining trust”. “We have seen that not only personal values go up and down, but also the values for the parties,” Baerbock also explained.
Baerbock reacts to criticism of the election program: “It’s about doing” – Greens want Hartz IV improvement for children
In response to critical questions from moderator Tina Hassel about apparently “defused” passages in the Green election manifesto, Baerbock emphasized that after the election it was “about doing” and not so much about more distant future goals. The party leader said that the controversial “climate passport” not included in the program for refugees from climate crisis areas was due to the fact that the islands concerned “will not perish within the next four years”.
Baerbock also defended the fact that no concrete figure is given for an increase in Hartz IV payments. An increase could take place “only gradually”. However, the goal remains to reach an amount of more than 600 euros in order to enable participation in society. In the first steps, they want to “get children out of the Hartz IV system”. “They never listened to that, they don’t have to work, they have to go to school,” explained the chancellor candidate. She put herself in the limelight as a practitioner: The plan was “as a woman, as a mother who is in the middle of life, to make it clear: I know where it is urgent”.
Greens: Baerbock wants Afghanistan investigation committee, but also reprimands Green state governments
With a view to the crisis in Afghanistan, Baerbock called for a committee of inquiry after the election – regardless of the government constellation; a swipe at the SPD, which was harshly criticized in connection with the evacuation flights that started too late. “We can’t just keep quiet about what happened in the disaster,” emphasized Baerbock. At the same time, she called on Angela Merkel’s current government to act with foresight. A broad-based Afghanistan conference is needed, including China, Russia and Afghanistan’s “neighboring countries”. The final US withdrawal will be “dramatic,” she warned.
At the same time, on insistence, the Green conceded Hassel’s mistakes by green state governments in the deportation practice. It is true that the Baden-Württemberg state government of the Greens, Winfried Kretschmann, has long ago requested that the Federal Foreign Office’s assessment of the situation, which is decisive for the federal position, be adjusted. But it would have been “right to resist,” she added, referring to the federal government’s deportation position.
Baerbock in the “summer interview”: Chancellor candidate defends climate course – and admits personal mistakes
With a view to the much criticized climate plans of the Greens to increase the price of fuel, for example, Baerbock referred to socio-political levers. “Climate protection is not responsible for social injustice,” she emphasized. A statutory minimum wage of twelve euros is therefore important – especially for educators, midwives and nurses.
Baerbock avoided stipulations based on ministry requests – unlike the FDP *, for example. One does not want to distribute “the fur of the bear”, she explained. They also want a new government practice in which ministries – unlike recently, for example, in the Afghanistan misery * – no longer work against one another. When asked which mistakes she would like to avoid in the future, the Greens said: “Do too many things at the same time.”
Baerbock faces ARD “summer interview” – this time without “Kobold” blunder?
Preliminary report, 4:05 p.m .: Berlin – Especially small inattentions can get stuck in the election campaign – Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) recently had to experience that painfully. About two years ago, competitor Annalena Baerbock * (Greens) had already experienced a slip of the tongue that her opponents liked to draw out again and again: In the “ARD summer interview” she gave a lecture on the subject of e-mobility about the rare raw material “Kobold”. The Greens will urgently want to avoid something similar on Sunday evening (August 22). Then she can be seen again in the first at a summer interview.
Baerbock in the “summer interview”: Greens meanwhile still in third place in the surveys
There is a lot going on for the Greens: In the most recent Sunday questions about the federal election *, the party has dropped to third behind the Union and the SPD. Baerbock’s personal approval ratings have also recently settled at a fairly low level.
After all: unlike the Union, the Greens are not directly involved in the misery surrounding the sleepy evacuation operation from Afghanistan – the party was able to point to comparatively early warnings. And unlike Laschet, Baerbock did not attract negative attention even in extensive appearances. On Thursday, for example, the Greens answered questions from listeners for half an hour on WDR radio – and, in contrast to the CDU candidate for chancellor, did not allow herself to be disturbed by “spontaneous questions”. She offered a wind power critic, for example, to answer further questions in a personal interview on the sidelines of the election campaign.
Greens before the general election: Baerbock in the polls low
Meanwhile, it is questionable whether a faultless appearance could turn the tide again in the election campaign. For a few weeks now, the Greens have wanted to concentrate more on content-related issues ranging from climate protection to foreign policy *. Political and personal mistakes in the ranks of the Union and the Greens continue to determine the election campaign. The laughing third party so far is the SPD with Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz *. The trend of the social democrats seems to be pointing steadily upwards *.
The questions to Baerbock are likely to be next to the current major topic, the interaction with co-boss Robert Habeck * and the climate plans of the Greens that have been debated for months. The recording of the interview with the Green Chancellor candidate will be broadcast on Erste at 6:05 p.m. and can already be accessed on the Internet beforehand. Questions could also be asked by spectators on Sunday afternoon. (fn) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.