Grüner is now breaking the traffic light harmony: “New elections” possible? “What I hear doesn’t sound good”

  • Kathrin Reikowski

    fromKathrin Reikowski


The coalition negotiations should take a decisive step forward by Wednesday. But a transport politician intervenes: “I lack the imagination”.

Stuttgart / Berlin – How far are the traffic light parties really apart in the coalition negotiations? Where do the SPD, the Greens and the FDP already come together? At least from the ranks of the Greens, more and more resentment can be heard – and only a few days before the planned milestone: On Wednesday all 22 working groups are to present their results from the negotiations. So far, the SPD, Greens and FDP had drawn a harmonious image to the outside world. But the Greens are now rumbling.

“What I hear doesn’t sound so good,” said Baden-Württemberg’s Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens) Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). He warned against making false compromises. The parties are still quite far apart on questions about transport, but also on other issues such as climate protection. The party leader Annalena Baerbock (Greens) had made a similar statement. In addition to climate protection, she also addressed the issues of modernizing administration and school policy.

Traffic light: “New elections”? Green transport expert dissatisfied with coalition negotiations

There are too many unresolved issues on the subject of traffic, said Hermann der SZ. He also threw a word into the room that could scare some negotiators: “I think that all sides have to make it clear again: If we don’t get together on climate protection in the next few days, there is a risk of new elections,” warned Hermann. “Nobody can want that,” he added, however.

The transport politician sees the topic of infrastructure and transport as crucial for the next few years. “The prevailing politics spared the transport sector for 30 years. That must now be the end of it. ”How the points that were not agreed could be“ eliminated ”from the papers of the working groups by Wednesday, because he“ lacks the imagination ”, says Hermann.

Traffic light dispute: Greens politician Hermann warns of false compromises

“A new federal government that only” agrees on beautiful headings without concrete implementation measures in the coalition agreement will not be able to master a transformation of this size, “Hermann continued. His suggestion: “We should rather negotiate well and, if necessary, a few days longer than agree to false compromises or weak formulations in the coalition agreement.”

From the point of view of the Green politician, the disputed points are also related to the issue of money. For good local public transport, the federal states would need around 1.5 billion euros more per year – financial politicians should go along with this in the interests of climate protection, said Hermann. Then he adds a swipe at the negotiating partner FDP: “The future government could easily counter-finance additional spending by abolishing climate-damaging and sometimes socially unjust subsidies such as company car privileges or advantages for high-income earners with the commuter allowance. But here the FDP blocks. I wonder why she’s refusing to cut subsidies when she’s putting it on the market. The deletions would be ecologically effective and socially just. ”

Greens and the traffic light: Göring-Eckardt considers delay possible – SPD boss appeased

Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt did not rule out on Monday at least that the coalition negotiations with the SPD and FDP could take longer than planned. One tries very hard, Göring-Eckardt assured on Monday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. “But the result counts and not the date.” You try everything to make it happen. But not only at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow, but also at the coalition negotiations in Germany, the result must be right.

SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans reacted reassuringly. He presented the plans for the new SPD party leadership in Berlin – but also saw the traffic light negotiators on the right track. “That is a voice and at the moment there are many, I believe, who comment a little harder from a little further away,” said Walter-Borjans, referring to Herrmann’s statements. The topic of new elections is not in the room: He could say that “those with whom we negotiate have never expressed this thought”.

Specifically, it will be in another area: the SPD, Greens and FDP want to present their further plans to fight pandemic in the Bundestag today. (kat)

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