Red-red-green - that's the name of the Union's new election bugbear.
The left wants exactly this coalition.
On Monday she met Baerbock and Scholz.
But only a little.
Berlin - who with whom?
The coalition question suddenly becomes the main point of contention in political Berlin three weeks before the federal election *.
New fire for the Union's “slipping left” campaign * is now provided by the left in person: with an “immediate program”, the party once again positioned itself on Monday as a partner for a red-red-green alliance.
However, the left apparently did not want to be too accommodating to its possible coalition partners.
Two more or less magical words were missing on the one hand in the new immediate program, on the other hand in the associated lecture by the left-wing top candidates.
Here it was - in the spirit of the SPD and the Greens - “NATO”.
There, contrary to what has been repeatedly requested, the “confession”.
Bundestag election: Red-Red-Green - Left comes towards Scholz, but renounces "confession"
Your party stands for a "change of policy", which there will not be in alliances with the Union and FDP, said top candidate Janine Wissler at the meeting in Berlin.
The offer of the Left included in particular an immediate increase in the minimum wage to 13 euros and a nationwide rent cap.
The repeated demands of SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz * for a commitment to NATO were rejected by co-candidate Dietmar Bartsch as "abstruse".
The left is almost three weeks before the election in the polls between six and seven percent *.
She is considered a possible partner in a red-green-red coalition with the SPD and the Greens.
However, the SPD leadership had recently shown distance from such a coalition without completely excluding it. Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz calls for an alliance, among other things, for a clear commitment to NATO, which the left wants to replace with a collective security system with the participation of Russia. Green chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock * had also made NATO and other foreign policy certainties a condition for an alliance.
Bartsch countered that confessions were made “primarily in the church”.
He also welcomed the fact that neither Scholz nor SPD leader Saskia Esken had ruled out a coalition with the left - just like Esken's colleague Norbert Walter-Borjans on Sunday in the ARD talk “Anne Will” *.
When it comes to foreign policy, too, Bartsch added that his party was ready to talk “about anything” - “but not in advance” of coalition talks.
Left as a partner for Baerbock and Scholz?
The Bundeswehr and NATO are likely to remain problem areas
However, Bartsch categorically ruled out participation in a government "that increases arms spending and delivers weapons to crisis areas".
This could "not exist with the left," he said.
The Greens had long ago expressed their willingness to spend more on the Bundeswehr.
The demand for an end to all foreign missions by the Bundeswehr is also confirmed in the emergency program.
In contrast, NATO is not mentioned in the eight-page paper.
Otherwise, the left advertises primarily with domestic and socio-political issues.
"A traffic light is voting fraud with an announcement," warned Bartsch.
Because with the liberals there will be "no minimum wage, there will be no higher taxation of the super-rich and huge incomes, there will be no basic child security".
"Of course we have big differences with the SPD and the Greens," said Wissler. But in the end, each party must ask itself, "With whom are differences easier to bridge than with others". If the SPD and the Greens “take their own campaign seriously, then you cannot establish a coalition with the Union and the FDP at all.” (
AFP / fn
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