Robert Habeck or Christian Lindner?
According to negotiators, the decision about the finance minister of the new traffic light government could already have been made.
Berlin - Before Christmas, Olaf Scholz would like to reach an agreement in the coalition negotiations between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP and get the first traffic light coalition off the ground.
It is clear that if a coalition were formed, Scholz would become the most powerful man in the government as Federal Chancellor.
On the other hand, the question of who will succeed Scholz at the head of the finance ministry and thus hold the second most powerful position in the government remains unanswered.
Controversial point of finance ministry: negotiator sure - Lindner does it
A duel for office became apparent weeks before the election.
FDP leader Christian Lindner had publicly claimed the Ministry of Finance as well as Greens leader Robert Habeck.
An exciting duel also because Lindner and Habeck would have completely different views on how the finance ministry of the new federal government should be run.
However, the duel between the two party leaders could only prove to be such on the outside.
reports with reference to two negotiators who are not named, the decision on Scholz's successor is said to have been made long ago.
One of the negotiators would bet "a case of wine" that the Free Democrats will ultimately claim the coveted ministry for themselves.
Traffic light negotiations: Do the Greens finance ministry want to sell “as dearly as possible”?
Even in the run-up to the coalition negotiations, there was speculation that the FDP could view the receipt of the finance ministry as a prerequisite for joining the traffic light coalition.
Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki recently underlined the efforts publicly to the NDR.
The FDP would have “the cake on its face” if it wasn't for the finance minister of the next government.
Another negotiator sees Habeck's public interest in the post of finance minister as an attempt to sell the ministry "as dearly as possible." Habeck should then receive in addition to the post as Vice Chancellor.
Possible traffic light Szneario: Ministry of Finance for Linder - “Super Ministry” for Habeck
A newly created ministry would be conceivable that would combine several departments relevant to climate protection.
Environment, agriculture, transport.
Thus, the Greens would at least partially live up to their election promise to work on a cross-sectional solution for the climate crisis.
Such a “super ministry” could then also have a kind of veto function against which no political decisions can be made.
Similar to what the Treasury Department owns.
In order for the posts in the new federal government to be distributed, the SPD, Greens and FDP must first agree on a coalition agreement.
After the constituent session of the Bundestag on Tuesday, the representatives of the parties met again on Wednesday for talks.