Green party conference: double farewell and double election

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Status: 01/29/2022 08:44 a.m

Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck say goodbye as chairmen of the Greens and swear once again to their role in the traffic light coalition. The new party leadership is to be elected today.

By Andreas Reuter, ARD Capital Studio

Farewell after four years: Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, the outgoing top duo of the Greens, are standing together on stage in the huge but relatively empty Berlin Velodrom.

Andrew Reuter
ARD Capital Studio

“It’s really a strange moment – in this huge hall where party battles were fought and emotions boiled up. And now this is such an antiseptic farewell,” says Habeck. Because the party congress is mostly taking place digitally due to the corona pandemic.

Clear vote for the traffic light

Before saying goodbye, however, the warning to the party not to suddenly lose interest in helping to govern in the traffic light. “Some dismiss that and say: Now the Greens are making compromises,” says Baerbock, but compromises are part of life. And Habeck adds:

I think, quite frankly, that this is a totally nonsensical debate. A party is a means to an end – and the end is to shape reality – to get the best out of people, for the environment, for the climate.

Habeck describes co-government as a “privilege” and as a “task of this party”. “That’s why we did everything,” he emphasizes.

Kretschmann: From the alliance to the “milieu party”

But most delegates don’t need much reprimanding. Almost 50 requests to speak in the general pronunciation. And there is hardly anything to be heard from criticism of traffic light compromises.

Winfried Kretschmann then gives the spoilsport. One has to learn from the mistakes made in the federal election campaign, warns the Green Prime Minister from Baden-Württemberg: “In recent years, Annalena and Robert have managed to open up the Greens to society at large. But we didn’t broadcast that enough during the election campaign. We started the election campaign as an alliance party and ended up as a milieu party.”

Hope for a “courageous party leadership”

And Timon Dzienus, co-leader of the Green Youth, formulates demands for the Greens in the government and the future party leadership: “We have to think beyond everyday government action. For this we need a party leadership that is also courageous – and does not act as a government spokesman, but also looking for a conflict with the coalition partners.”

A task for Ricarda Lang and Omid Nouripour. Hardly anyone doubts that they will be elected to the next dual leadership of the Greens. But first there are a few tears. And flowers for the outgoing party leaders.

Don’t be afraid of compromises: Baerbock and Habeck say goodbye

Andreas Reuter, ARD Berlin, 28.1.2022 11:21 p.m

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