After the negotiations with the Greens and the FDP, Scholz announced a “coalition on equal terms”. The aim is not a policy of “the lowest common denominator”, but rather “strengthening social cohesion” in order to “make the country better”. “We are united by our belief in progress,” emphasized Scholz at the presentation of the coalition agreement for the planned “traffic light government”.
FDP leader Christian Lindner emphasized that Germany would remain “the advocate of solid finances”. The aim of the traffic light is also to unleash private initiative, private know-how and private capital. The state must also be digitized, education improved, social advancement facilitated and socio-political liberalization achieved. Lindner praised Scholz as a “strong leader”.
Greens happy with climate plan
Green chef Robert Habeck expressed his satisfaction with the coalition agreement, especially with the agreements on climate policy. “We’re on a 1.5 degree path,” he said. The “traffic light parties” wanted to write a new story that showed “the compatibility of prosperity and climate protection”. Instead of always setting new climate protection goals, the decision was made to agree on specific measures.
According to the second co-chair of the Greens, Annalena Baerbock, the coalition agreement paves the way for Germany to become climate neutral. The “traffic light parties” did not want to look for the lowest common denominator, but rather initiate a paradigm shift in the crucial areas, said Baerbock.
The “traffic light parties” agreed in their coalition negotiations on a new Federal Ministry for Building. An expansion of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to include climate protection is also planned, according to the coalition agreement that was presented on Wednesday. The Ministry of the Interior hands over the construction department to the newly created ministry.
The distribution of ministries
In addition to the Federal Chancellery, which is to be headed by Scholz as Federal Chancellor and a Chancellery Minister, there will in future be 15 instead of 14 federal ministries. Six of these are to be occupied by the SPD (Home and Home, Defense, Building, Health, Labor and Social Affairs and Economic Cooperation and Development), five by the Greens (Economy and Climate Protection, Foreign Office, Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Food and agriculture as well as family, senior citizens, women and youth) and four from the FDP (finance, transport and digital, education and research as well as justice).
Permanent coronavirus crisis team
In view of the increasing number of coronaviruses in Germany, too, Scholz announced a permanent coronavirus crisis team in the Chancellery. He also spoke out in favor of compulsory vaccination in certain facilities with risk groups. “Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic.” The SPD politician continued: “In facilities in which particularly vulnerable groups are cared for, we should make vaccination compulsory. An extension of this regulation remains to be examined. “
In the case of the SPD and FDP, the coalition agreement must be approved by party congresses and in the case of the Greens in a member survey. In the week after Nikolo, the previous Finance Minister Scholz is to be elected Chancellor in the Bundestag. After 16 years the era of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), who did not run again in the federal elections on September 26th, ends.
Congratulations from Austria
The Austrian sister parties congratulated on the formation of the coalition in Germany. “The rapid agreement for a progressive coalition is an important signal for a political awakening not only in Germany, but throughout Europe,” said SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner in a broadcast. “Olaf Scholz stands for departure and reliability with a clear social democratic profile.”
NEOS boss Beate Meinl-Reisinger congratulated the FDP and its boss Christian Lindner: “The traffic light coalition in Germany has agreed on a comprehensive, ambitious renewal and modernization program that focuses on freedom, justice and sustainability. Germany and the European Union urgently need such a courageous policy, ”said Meinl-Reisinger in a press release.
The Austrian Greens were pleased that their German colleagues were again in government and congratulated them. “More climate protection for Germany also means more climate protection for Europe. This is a good signal for the renewal of Europe and social cohesion on our continent, “said Sigi Maurer, the Greens’ club chairwoman, in an OTS broadcast.