The incumbent SPD co-chair, Saskia Esken, can very well imagine forming a dual leadership with Lars Klingbeil in the future. She has been working closely with the SPD General Secretary for many years, Esken said on Monday in the ARD morning magazine. The 43-year-old is an “architect of the renewal of the SPD” and she values him very much. “In so far this is a constellation that I can very well imagine.”
The SPD leadership wants to clarify their future party leadership this Monday. The incumbent chairmen Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans would like to submit a proposal to the board in the morning. The 69-year-old Walter-Borjans has already announced his retirement, while the 60-year-old Esken wants to compete again. It is expected that it will remain with a dual leadership and that Secretary General Klingbeil will also apply.
Of course, it would also be exciting to work as a minister in a future coalition, said Esken on ARD about her decision to apply for the party chairmanship again. But she has also “shown effectiveness” as party leader in the past two years.
As an election campaign manager, Klingbeil played a decisive role in the SPD’s victory in the federal elections. Walter-Borjans had declared when he announced that he was going to retire that young people should now take the helm. The SPD leadership is to be elected at a party congress from December 10th to 12th. (08.11.2021)
Baerbock believes longer coalition negotiations are possible
The Greens chairwoman Annalena Baerbock has admitted differences in the coalition negotiations with the SPD and FDP on climate policy and has not ruled out an extension. “We need a new federal government that achieves change in this country, which not only writes progress on paper, but also solves it in the essential core areas,” she said on the RBB-Inforadio.
With a view to the desired coalition agreement, she added: “We cannot yet say when it will be finished, because we do not yet see that we can say that we can say that we can say when we are working on central construction sites. This renewal of the country should take place in the next four months Years. And four days more or less do not matter in the talks. “
Baerbock did not want to give any details from the negotiations. Confidentiality has been agreed. The climate protection task would have to be cross-sectional through a new federal government. “Then not only one party can be responsible for it,” she said, obviously referring to her own. This applies above all to the construction sector and the transport sector, where greenhouse gas emissions have not yet fallen sufficiently.
In addition to climate protection, Baerbock also mentioned the modernization of administration and the condition of schools as central tasks. “That is why it is important to us that we say in these coalition talks what are the decisive screws that we will tackle with a new government next year. In our view, we are not yet ready to say: in a few weeks we can put a lid on it. “
While Baerbock does not rule out an extension of the negotiations, the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) does not see the schedule in jeopardy. “We negotiate in a good atmosphere. And the fact that it jerks every now and then is the most normal thing in the world,” said the SPD politician on ZDF on Friday. “I am very confident that these talks will continue in a positive way.” She is optimistic that SPD candidate Olaf Scholz will be elected Chancellor as planned in St. Nicholas Week. “That is our goal and I am confident that we can achieve it too.”
In order for Scholz to be elected as the new Federal Chancellor in the week from December 6th, the parties would have to conclude negotiations in the 2nd half of November so that the party committees or special party congresses can approve a coalition agreement in good time. (05.11.2021)
Union accuses traffic light groups of “arrogance of power”
A few days before the first working session of the new Bundestag there is the first massive dispute between the Union faction and the future traffic light factions of the SPD, Greens and FDP. “Although the traffic light coalition is only just about to form, it already smells of arrogance in power politics,” said the parliamentary manager of the Union faction, Michael Grosse-Brömer (CDU). The dispute revolves around how many MPs each parliamentary group sends to the so-called main committee.
“The main committee will be the central body for parliamentary work in the coming weeks,” said Grosse-Brömer. With the Infection Protection Act, for example, the committee will advise on the future basis for fighting pandemics and replace all specialist committees. “The main committee must therefore be of an appropriate size.”
The traffic light groups want the committee to have 31 members. Accordingly, the SPD should send nine MPs, the Union eight, the Greens five, FDP four, AfD three and the Left two. That is not enough for the CDU / CSU. The Union parliamentary group calls for at least 39 members: SPD and Union eleven, Greens six, FDP five, AfD four, Left two. The main committee had 47 members in each of the previous two terms.
In the Union parliamentary group, it is argued that in view of the range of topics that can be expected in the committee, specialist politicians should be able to cooperate – this is hardly possible if the staffing list is too narrow. In addition to Grosse-Brömer, the CSU parliamentary manager Stefan Müller will sit on the committee for the Union. The remaining members have not yet been named.
Grosse-Brömer said: “The traffic light groups are sacrificing serious parliamentary work on the altar of their coalition negotiations.” Because their people are tied up in the negotiations, “they want a main committee the size of a narrow-gauge”. The schedule of the SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz for the coalition negotiations “seems to be above everything,” criticized the CDU politician. “It really wouldn’t have been difficult to increase the number of MPs by eight.”
The Bundestag wants to use the main committee in the second session of the new Bundestag next Thursday. Important topics such as the planned changes to the Infection Protection Act in the fight against Corona will be discussed in the body on a transitional basis until the standing committees are constituted. It is considered a kind of super committee. (05.11.2021)