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Grünen Zoff for ministerial posts: Habeck defends Özdemir nomination - "Lots of good people"

2021-11-27T14:11:22.098Z

The Greens have announced the ministers for the future traffic light cabinet. Robert Habeck becomes Vice Chancellor, Anton Hofreiter gets nothing.



The Greens have announced the ministers for the future traffic light cabinet.

Robert Habeck becomes Vice Chancellor, Anton Hofreiter gets nothing.

  • Who will get which ministry?

    The Greens * have revealed the secret.

  • There was great excitement about an office for Cem Özdemir.

  • Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock become ministers - Anton Hofreiter not.

Update from November 27, 11:45 a.m.:

The Greens boss and future energy and economics minister Robert Habeck plans to abolish the high minimum distances between wind turbines and houses in Bavaria.

He said this to the

Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung

.

In his argument, Habeck referred to the coalition agreement in which it was decided that renewable energies should be “in the public interest” and thus “privileged” in the future.

In Bavaria, this could lead to the "very high prescribed distances between wind turbines and residential areas" becoming ineffective.

If there is a public interest, "such prevention planning" is not effective, according to Habeck.

Habeck as energy minister: Bavarian distance regulation for wind turbines is to be overturned

In Bavaria, a minimum distance of ten times the height of the respective system still applies between wind turbines and residential buildings, which is usually around two kilometers.

Habeck stated, however, that he would like to talk to the federal states about new rules for the expansion of renewable energies “not from above”.

His reasoning: "We will only be able to survive this great transformation as a society".

Özdemir as Minister of Agriculture: Stricter requirements for the meat industry

Update from November 27th, 10.30 a.m.:

As designated Federal Minister of Agriculture, Cem Özdemir has already announced that he wants to introduce stricter requirements for the meat industry in Germany. He told the

Stuttgarter Zeitung

: “Anyone who wants to eat meat is welcome to do so. Anyone who produces meat is allowed to do so, but taking into account animal welfare, climate protection and not at the expense of our environment ”.

With reference to the coalition agreement of the traffic light parties, Özdemir also promised a binding form of husbandry labeling for meat. In future, investment subsidies should be geared towards good keeping conditions in the stalls. Özdemir himself says he has been a vegetarian since his youth, which has never been the case with an agriculture minister. However, he feels no missionary zeal in this context: "Everyone should be happy according to their taste."

Update from November 27th, 10:00 a.m.:

The Greens had arguments about the formation of the ministers.

From these the former Green boss Cem Özdemir emerges as Minister of Agriculture.

The parliamentary group chairman in the Bundestag, Anton Hofreiter, on the other hand, has not become part of the personnel table for the top positions, although this was actually considered certain.

Özdemir, who has Turkish roots, expressed himself visibly moved after his nomination by the party executive for the ministerial office: “For the first time, a child from a guest worker family will become a minister in the federal cabinet.

That fills me with deep humility and I know about the special responsibility that goes with it. "

Grünen Zoff for ministerial posts: Habeck defends Özdemir nomination - "Lots of good people"

The Greens federal chairman and vice-chancellor-designate Robert Habeck has defended the nomination of Cem Özdemir as the new agriculture minister: "Cem Özdemir is a gifted communicator who knows how to bring different interests together".

Habeck

told the

Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung

that this ability was particularly important in agriculture, as different expectations collide here. In addition, he has always worked on the “reconciliation of economy and ecology” in his political career.

In addition, Habeck praised the established ministers of the Greens - including Steffi Lemke and Anne Spiegel.

Habeck also commented that some of the top politicians of the Greens went out without ministerial posts: "When you have a lot of good people and only a limited number of departments, the selection is always a painful process that sometimes requires difficult decisions."

Update from November 26th, 12.30 p.m.:

The Greens started their member survey on the coalition agreement on Friday.

Party members can cast their votes online until December 6th at 1 p.m.

Alternatively, you can also cast your vote by letter, up to noon on December 6th.

On this day the count should also be counted and the result announced.

The vote also counts as a vote on the ministers of the Greens nominated by the party committees on Thursday evening in the planned traffic light government with the SPD and FDP. That was why there had been a violent struggle to the end.

The Greens chairman Robert Habeck should therefore be Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection and Vice Chancellor, co-party leader Annalena Baerbock Foreign Minister.

The current Rhineland-Palatinate Environment Minister Anne Spiegel is to become the Family Minister, and the new Federal Environment Minister will be the former Green Director Steffi Lemke.

She is also given responsibility for consumer protection. The dispute over who is responsible for food and agriculture was in dispute.

Here the former Green Party leader Cem Özdemir prevailed against parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter.

In addition, the current Vice-President of the Bundestag, Claudia Roth, is to become Minister of State for Culture and the Media.

Outrage over Habeck and Baerbock after Özdemir's decision: "That screwed up the chairmen"

Update from November 26th, 10.45 a.m.:

The long-time Green politician Jürgen Trittin recognizes no inner-party conflict after the struggle to fill the Green ministerial posts in the new federal government. This also shows the unanimity in the party's federal executive committee, said Trittin, who belongs to the left wing, on Germany radio on Friday morning. “It's a very, very good team,” said Trittin.


Former party leader Cem Özdemir is now set to become Minister of Agriculture and Food. He would be the first federal minister with Turkish roots. Greens boss Robert Habeck is to become vice chancellor and climate and energy minister, co-boss Annalena Baerbock, as expected, foreign minister. The Ministry of the Environment is to take over the former federal manager Steffi Lemke. The Rhineland-Palatinate climate minister Anne Spiegel is to become the family minister. In return, parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter, as an expert in environmental protection and agriculture, goes away empty-handed. The decisions were made on Thursday evening.


The deputy chairman of the Greens Jamila Schäfer admitted that there had been an exchange of blows in the board about the question of Özdemir or Hofreiter.

“We were already struggling hard, that's true.

But in the end we also found a common solution, ”said Schäfer in the BR24 topic of the day.

She appreciates Özdemir “as a strong voice for us against right-wing extremism, for an ambitious climate policy”.

Update from November 26th, 9.30

a.m.: The Greens apparently had a big crash the day before.

The Realos and the left wing of the party are said to have struggled for cabinet positions for hours.

Toni Hofreiter, who is actually already considered to have been set, ultimately came away empty-handed.

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Robert Habeck, federal chairman of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, Annalena Baerbock, federal chairman of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, and Anton Hofreiter, parliamentary group leader of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, take part in their party's federal-state forum to start the strike vote on the coalition agreement participated with SPD and FDP to form a federal government.

© Kay Nietfeld / dpa

The background was that ex-party leader Cem Özdemir is now agriculture minister.

Before the personality was established, there should have been a wrestling of the wings.

"We're not going to put up with that," a supporter of the left wing is

said to have

told

Bild

.

That is a question of power, there is a threat of a split in the party.

The Green leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, who are said to have promised Özdemir the ministerial post, were made responsible for this.

"The chairmen screwed up: sparked a wing argument for no reason," the tabloid newspaper quoted further from internal circles.

Finally an agreement was reached (see pre-notification).

Apparently a hard-won one.

First report from November 25th, 2.30 p.m .:

9:32 p.m.:

Former Green chief Cem Özdemir is to become agriculture minister in a future federal government with the SPD and FDP.

This was announced by the Greens after hours of deliberations on the board on Thursday evening.

This was preceded by a bitter struggle between Realos and the left wing over the distribution of cabinet posts.


The parliamentary group leader Toni Hofreiter from the left wing is not part of the personnel board at top positions, which the 125,000 Greens members are to vote on together with the coalition agreement from this Friday.

It was actually considered to be set, but has now fallen out in favor of Özdemir.

Co-parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt is also not part of the list.


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The Greens, led by Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock (center), at a party conference in Berlin in October.

© Michael Kappeler / dpa

Green leader Robert Habeck becomes vice chancellor and climate and energy minister.

As expected, co-boss Annalena Baerbock will become foreign minister.

The Ministry of the Environment is to take over the former federal manager Steffi Lemke.

The Rhineland-Palatinate climate minister, Anne Spiegel, is to become the family minister - an office that she previously held at state level as well.

The current Bundestag Vice President Claudia Roth is to become Minister of State for Culture and Media.


The party has agreed on the following:

Economy and Climate Protection:

 Robert Habeck


Foreign Office:

 Annalena Baerbock


Food and Agriculture: 

Cem Özdemir


Minister of State for Culture and Media:

 Claudia Roth


Family, Seniors, Women and Youth: 

Anne Spiegel


Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection: 

Steffi Lemke

6.41 p.m.:

Due to ongoing staff discussions, the Greens'

strike

vote on the coalition agreement and government team is delayed by one day. "You have to wait a bit," said Greens boss Robert Habeck on Thursday in Berlin at a so-called Bund-Länder forum. At the event, the party leadership and negotiators campaigned for the coalition agreement negotiated with the SPD and FDP, on which the 125,000 party members are now to vote - contrary to what was planned, not on Thursday, but only on Friday.

The event in Berlin's Westhafen, where the traffic light parties had presented their coalition agreement the day before, was supposed to give the go-ahead for the ten-day ballot.

But the personnel sheet, especially for filling green cabinet posts, was not ready in time.

Because of staff quarrels, it should not be tied down until the Thursday evening after the event.


It can be heard that the left wing and Realos, who have so far been largely united under party leaders Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, are at odds.

Because the long-awaited role as the ruling party brings a problem that the Greens have not faced for many years: the distribution of a manageable pie between government offices.

Left wing is resisting the planned appointment of Özdemir to a cabinet post

The Foreign Office is to be occupied by the Greens, the new Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, the Family Ministry, the Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection and the Agriculture Department, plus the State Minister for Culture and Media. Now the Greens, who like to support the state, are stumbling into their new role as the ruling party.


The left wing is resisting the planned occupation of a cabinet post with Realo Cem Özdemir, which could ultimately cost the left parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter the hoped-for ministerial office.

It was long considered certain that Hofreiter would move into the cabinet.

But now that is in question - the eloquent ex-party leader Özdemir, with 40 percent in his Stuttgart constituency, nationwide green first-vote king in the federal election, cannot be ignored, argue his supporters.

Especially since he is one of the few top Greens with a migration background.


 "I cannot imagine a cabinet with green participation in which Cem Özdemir is not part"

The Baden-Württemberg finance minister Danyal Bayaz became clear on Twitter: “I cannot imagine a cabinet with green participation in which Cem Özdemir is not part. And I think: that's how it is for most of the people in this country. "


Traditionally, the Greens have to agree at least two more or less binding quotas: the balance of both wings and equal representation of women and men. It is therefore difficult to imagine that Hofreiter and Özdemir will both move into the cabinet. Then out of five ministerial posts, at least three would be occupied by men - difficult to imagine in a party where the priority for women is so deeply anchored in the statutes. Baerbock and Habeck are both real. So it would presumably need left-wing women. The problem was, since Habeck and Baerbock were considered settled from the start, foreseeable.


In her speech, the content of which was very much shaped by her foreseeable new role as Foreign Minister (“Foreign policy is always world domestic policy”), Baerbock spoke of the rift.

If you want change and more than the lowest common denominator, you have to jump beyond your own shadow, she said of the coalition agreement.

"And to be honest, we put that into our party four years ago too" - almost four years ago, Baerbock and Habeck jointly took over the leadership of the Greens.

At that time it was made clear: “This is just the beginning.

Let's dare something new.

Let us not only think in terms of our party-political structures, in wing logics, in the "If one gives something, I also give something". "


Habeck: "Euphoria, happiness, enthusiasm, I haven't noticed that anywhere."

Hofreiter himself did not show anything in his speech on Thursday. As usual, he campaigned passionately for more ambitious environmental and climate protection - perhaps this focus on the life issue of the studied biologist from Bavaria was accompanied by a bit of defiant determination. Hofreiter warned of the extinction of species as the "second major ecological crisis". “Some think it's just about a couple of tadpoles, a couple of butterflies. No, it's about the basics of our own life, ”emphasized Hofreiter. It should be approached with the same determination as the climate crisis. The coalition agreement lays the foundations for this.


Habeck said in his speech on the mood at the end of the traffic light coalition negotiations: "Euphoria, happiness, enthusiasm, I have not noticed that anywhere." The corona pandemic has the country under control, the situation is dramatic.

“We may start this government in the worst health crisis Germany has ever had.” Habeck spoke of “the courage to start and a combative mood”.

He meant the pandemic.

6:25 p.m.:

Green leader Annalena Baerbock has campaigned for approval of the red-green-yellow coalition agreement.

"We believe that we can put new roots for the future, not just for this party," she said on Thursday at a so-called Bund-Länder Council of the Greens in Berlin.

The Greens wanted to take responsibility for the country again and were ready to “think outside the box”.


One of the main priorities of the new government is "the greatest crisis of our time: the climate crisis".

It is clear that you cannot change everything at once.

"We're not magicians," said Baerbock.

Politics is rather "tough work" and a backbreaking job.

It is necessary to set priorities.

4.39 p.m.:

Habeck speaks about the fact that the green departments of economy, climate, environment, agriculture are finally no longer blocking each other: According to Habeck, these are a "four-leaf clover", the foreign ministry is the "flower or stem".

He campaigns for members to vote for the contract.

4:36 p.m .:

Habeck: “It is very likely that we will occupy the Foreign Ministry with Annalena Baerbock.” According to Habeck, the names will be

revealed

tomorrow morning.

4.31 p.m.:

Habeck continues: "After the federal election it went non-stop." He thanks all employees for the tough coalition negotiations.

Zoff with the Greens?

Decision on ministers probably postponed

4.30 p.m.:

The decision of the Greens on filling ministerial posts and other top positions in the desired government with the SPD and FDP is still open.

"I know that you are all waiting for us to announce a personnel table," said the political federal manager of the Greens, Michael Kellner, on Thursday in Berlin.

The ballot, which was actually planned for Thursday, should only begin on Friday.

"It is the case that, as in the coalition negotiations, we are thoroughly deliberating that the deliberation time is still going on and that we will decide about it in the course of today," said Kellner. This should happen after 5:30 p.m. when the board and the party council wanted to meet again. According to reports, there is a dispute between the left wing and Realos. The left wing is resisting the planned occupation of a ministerial office with the realo Cem Özdemir, which could ultimately cost the left parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter the hoped-for ministerial office.

16:27:

Habeck: "With differentiated measures it is possible to break the fourth wave - actually. But you can smear that off yourself if it doesn't actually happen. We have decided to set up a council that looks at the prospects on a daily basis. ”There is still a chance to prevent blanket measures.

4:24 p.m .:

Habeck: “Actually, that would be a historic moment to be happy about.

If all goes well, we will be part of a federal government again.

We have been working towards this for a long time.

I didn't see any joy in the negotiators.

I haven't seen euphoria, happiness or enthusiasm.

The pandemic has Germany firmly in view.

The data from the scientists are terrifying.

The hospitals are at the limit.

The infection rate doubles every twelve days. ”It couldn't go on like this.

Robert Habeck in the Greens press conference: He talks about Corona

4:24 p.m.:

Habeck steps up to the microphone.

4:22 p.m.:

Ricarda Lang now takes the floor.

She explains the procedure for the members to participate.

4.19 p.m.:

Kellner continues to praise the contract, in terms of climate protection and domestic politics.

“The contract does not forget about rural areas either.

It reduces social inequality in this country. ”He called on members to vote for the treaty.

4:18 p.m .:

Waiter: “The chairman managed to bring a lot of green handwriting into the contract.

4:17 p.m.:

Waiter thanks all negotiators of the parties.

"That was over a hundred people, thank you very much for your work."

4:16 p.m .:

Waiter: "We are meeting here to discuss the coalition agreement and vote on the treaty." It is time for the Greens to be back in government.

Press conference begins: Greens announce ministers

4.15 p.m.:

Michael Kellner opens the press conference.

4.10 p.m.:

Federal Managing

Director

Michael Kellner is already on the stage, the preparations are underway.

Baerbock and Habeck have now left the hall one more time.

4:06 p.m.:

Habeck and Baerbock are there.

It's starting soon.

4:03 p.m.:

The press conference should start at 4 p.m.,

reports

various media.

But nobody is on the podium yet.

3:51 p.m.:

A first decision?

As

Bild

announces in advance, Cem Özdemir is to become Minister of Agriculture.

Originally, the Greens' spokeswoman for nature conservation, Steffi Lemke, was in discussion for the post.

Anton Hofreiter and Katrin Göring-Eckhardt are said to have come away empty-handed.

Update, 3:34 p.m.:

The new ministers are to be announced in a press conference shortly, around 3:45 p.m.

First report from November 25th, 3:33 p.m.:

Berlin - After the agreement of the leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP on a coalition agreement to form the first nationwide traffic light coalition, members and delegates are now on the train. The Greens * start a ballot this Thursday. Its 125,000 members should vote not only on the agreements of the potential government partners, but also on the Greens' personnel board for the future cabinet. At the start of the vote, the party wants to announce the occupation of the five ministries that it will hold in a traffic light government. With the SPD * and FDP *, party congresses are to approve the contract at the beginning of December.

Although all parties had to cut back on their positions and make compromises in the coalition negotiations *, the new Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz * assumes that the contract will be approved by all parties.

“I'm very confident about that.

It is a good result from the point of view of all three parties, ”he said on Wednesday evening in an

ARD

-“ focal point ”.

Scholz also promised that the future cabinet will be made up of equal numbers of women and men.

“I have always said that it is important to me that parity also applies in the cabinet.

And I stick to my words. "

Greens announce ministers: strike vote lasts ten days

According to the schedule of the three parties, Scholz is to be elected Chancellor in the Bundestag in the week from December 6th.

After 16 years, this ends the era of Angela Merkel *, who did not run again in the federal election on September 26 *.

Germany is facing a political turning point.

Video: "The traffic light is on" - who will do what in Olaf Scholz's cabinet?

The ballot in the Greens will kick off in the afternoon from 4 p.m. at a federal-state forum in Berlin, where the results will be discussed.

The strike vote should take ten days and be possible digitally or by letter.

A simple majority is necessary for the adoption of the coalition agreement and approval of the personnel board.

There was no quorum, it was said.

It will be interesting to see whether the members in particular consider the agreements on climate protection to be sufficient or not.

(dpa / AFP / fmü)

* Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

List of rubric lists: © Arne Immanuel Bänsch / dpa

Source: merkur

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