Much dissatisfaction with Scholz, Habeck and Lindner

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From: Marcus Giebel, Cindy Boden

Put your heads together: Robert Habeck, Olaf Scholz and Christian Lindner (from left) hold a cabinet retreat with the entire federal government. © OMER MESSINGER/AFP

The Russian saber-rattling and the next wave of corona are probably robbing the federal government of some sleep. At the cabinet meeting, however, there are also other issues.

  • The traffic lights come together in Berlin for the cabinet retreat.
  • The focus of the consultations will be the G7 presidency and driving forward the energy transition (see first report).
  • According to a survey, not everyone liked the start of the traffic light (see update from January 21, 6.45 a.m.).
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Update from January 21, 6:45 a.m.: A good six weeks after the start of the new federal government of SPD, Greens and FDP, dissatisfaction with their work predominates among the population. In a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 45 percent were rather dissatisfied or even very dissatisfied, with only 37 percent being satisfied. 17 percent did not provide any information.

On Friday, the cabinet of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) will meet for its first retreat, which will deal with the German presidency of the G7 group of leading democratic economic powers and the acceleration of future investments (see first report).

Survey before the traffic light cabinet exam: Scholz, Habeck and Lindner are not doing well

According to a YouGov survey, the prevailing dissatisfaction with the government’s work affects all three main actors in the coalition almost equally: Chancellor Scholz, Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck from the Greens and Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner. 47 percent are rather dissatisfied with Scholz and 33 percent are rather satisfied. 43 percent rate Habeck’s work rather negatively and 30 percent rather positively. Dissatisfaction also predominates with Lindner, but he still comes off best compared to his two cabinet colleagues: 40 percent are rather dissatisfied, 32 percent rather satisfied with his work.

A week ago, Scholz’s work was rated very positively in the ZDF “Politbarometer”. 65 percent of those surveyed said that Scholz was doing his job “rather well” as Chancellor. On the other hand, 17 percent of those surveyed found that the new chancellor was doing his job “rather poorly”.

Retreat of the traffic light cabinet: G7 program and energy transition on the agenda

First report from January 20th: Munich – The SPD-led traffic light coalition has now been in office for around a month and a half. The cabinet, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, has some serious problems ahead. First and foremost, of course, the corona pandemic, which is about to enter its third year. But of course – more topical than ever – the Ukraine conflict with the imminent invasion of Russia.

The federal cabinet meets on Friday for its first cabinet retreat. On the agenda of the all-day consultations in the Chancellery are the priorities of the German G7 Presidency, which has been in place since the turn of the year, and driving forward the energy transition. Before the talks begin, Scholz (SPD) makes a statement at around 8.45 a.m. Finally, he will appear in front of the press together with Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) and Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) – this is planned for 5 p.m.

Other topics of the cabinet meeting should include major infrastructure projects and housing. The conference also functions as a cabinet meeting; the usual appointment on Wednesday morning was therefore canceled this week.

Traffic light retreat: Statements planned

A possible vaccination requirement may also become an issue again. The SPD parliamentary group also dealt with it again at their annual meeting. The FDP has been struggling with one requirement so far, the government now wants to make progress via a parliamentary procedure with group applications. Thus, the design of the regulation would not be solely in the hands of red-green-yellow.

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Ukraine conflict with Russia: stop Nord Stream 2 or even supply weapons?

In view of the Russian muscle flexing on the Ukrainian border, the Greens could be comfortable with threatening to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. There are also different voices coming from the SPD. Is there a clear line here?

For its part, the FDP wants to consider whether an exception to the still fresh coalition agreement could be made for arms deliveries to Ukraine. Moscow could also be stopped in this way.

Meanwhile, the President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Siegfried Russwurm, warned the government in Handelsblatt to significantly accelerate the handling of administrative, planning and approval procedures. The current plans are not ambitious enough. (mg/cibo) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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