As of: December 6th, 2021 9:44 a.m.
The SPD and FDP already said yes to the coalition agreement at the weekend, and today the final hurdle is to fall with the Greens’ vote. Olaf Scholz is to be elected as the new Chancellor on Wednesday.
After the SPD and FDP vote in favor, only one hurdle remains on the way to the first traffic light coalition at federal level: The vote of the Greens on the coalition agreement. The 125,000 members of the Greens are still allowed to vote on the contract and the personnel sheet for the new government until 1 p.m. The result is to be announced at 2:30 p.m.
If the Greens also agree, the 177-page coalition agreement entitled “Dare to make more progress” is to be signed on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Olaf Scholz could then be elected Chancellor in the Bundestag and his cabinet sworn in.
Although some members of the Greens are dissatisfied, the climate projects are not binding enough for them. The assignment of posts had caused additional frustration among the Greens. The party leadership had pushed through the Realo Cem Özdemir as minister – Anton Hofreiter from the left wing came away empty-handed. Nevertheless, anything but a clear yes to the traffic lights would be a surprise.
Göring-Eckardt expects broad approval
Green parliamentary leader Göring-Eckardt also assumes that the base will support the treaty with a large majority. “I expect broad approval,” said Goering-Eckardt at ntv. There is a “very, very great” satisfaction in the party at being back in government responsibility after many years. In the government, the climate crisis can be overcome and social cohesion can be ensured much more, said Göring-Eckardt.
In their coalition agreement, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP undertake, among other things, to set up a new Federal Ministry for Building and to expand the Ministry of Economic Affairs to include climate protection. By 2030, Germany is to get 80 percent of its electricity from renewable energies.
The parties also agreed to introduce a minimum wage of 12 euros. In order to make living affordable, the rent brake for new lettings is to be extended and rent increases in certain areas are to be capped more strongly. Electricity customers are to be relieved by the fact that the billions in the EEG levy are no longer financed through the electricity bill.
Wissing satisfied, Kühnert skeptical
At the weekend, the SPD and FDP each approved the first traffic light coalition at the federal level with an overwhelming majority. At an SPD party congress there was 98.8 percent approval for the coalition agreement on Saturday, and 92.2 percent at the FDP on Sunday.
The FPD General Secretary and designated Transport Minister Volker Wissing praised the BR the readiness of the FDP members to support the Ampel coalition agreement. “We were very involved in the coalition negotiations.” This is a balanced coalition agreement “which has made a new alliance of progress possible for Germany”. Wissing also stated that the FDP already has a lot of government experience and is looking forward to governing. “That was also the mood of the delegates at the party conference at the weekend.”
In contrast, the designated SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert was not quite as euphoric. Of course, the Social Democrats felt bound by the agreement, said Kühnert in the Deutschlandfunk. However, changes to the coalition agreement are not ruled out. However, parties have to be intellectually prepared if reality does not adhere to contracts. The traffic light coalition will have to deal with tenancy and housing law as well as with fair taxation. Perhaps another window will open on inheritance tax, said Kühnert.
The left does not expect a change in policy
Meanwhile, the opposition is getting into position. For example, Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus called on the new federal government to take on new debts exclusively to fight the pandemic. “If Germany gets into debt, it has to be limited to Corona only and to a minimum – and nothing else,” said the CDU politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “Creating buffers for election promises – that is against the debt brake and cannot be done with us.”
Left co-boss Janine Wissler does not expect the traffic lights to move towards social justice. “With the traffic light there will be no redistribution from top to bottom and no wealth tax. We urgently need a different tax policy in order to invest in climate protection, better equip schools and hospitals and fight poverty,” she told the Rheinische Post “and the Bonn” General-Anzeiger “. Those who also declare the debt brake to be sacrosanct have no money to finance these major future issues. There is enough money in Germany, but it remains wrongly distributed.