New Green leader Nouripour: “Unity is the order of the day”

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Green politician Omid Nouripour speaks at the federal party conference of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. © Kay Nietfeld/dpa

The Greens have chosen the successors of Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck as party leaders. In its new role as the governing party, the new leadership insists on unity.

Berlin – The designated new leader of the Greens, Omid Nouripour, has confirmed that the new party leadership wants to coordinate closely with the Greens ministers in Germany’s traffic light government.

“Unity is of course the order of the day, especially in the government,” Nouripour told ZDF’s “heute journal” on Saturday evening. “We will be of one mind. It will not be about the party now somehow giving out yellow cards. Instead, we will be successful together in different roles, but we have agreed that we will now be successful in this government.”

The foreign politician Nouripour and the social politician Ricarda Lang were elected the new leadership duo by the online party conference of the Greens on Saturday. As party leaders, you are to succeed Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, who have been ministers in the traffic light government since December. The digital votes now have to be formally confirmed by postal vote, which should happen by February 14th. Only then are the two newcomers formally in office.

Looking at long-term perspectives

Nouripour made it clear that, from his point of view, the situation today is different than when the Greens first participated in government in 1998. “The party is in a different mode, we have ten state governments in which we also make compromises.” The decisive factor is that “we also describe the long-term prospects. And of course explain what kind of compromises we made and why”.

As an example, he referred to the speed limit for motorways that the Greens were aiming for, which they were unable to push through in the coalition negotiations with the SPD and FDP: “We don’t have a speed limit because we were able to bring the coal phase-out forward. Nevertheless, we want to have a speed limit in four years at the latest.”

Baerbock and Habeck had led the Greens in tandem for four years and, according to party rules, could not remain party chairmen as ministers.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wrote on Twitter with a view to the new Greens chairmen that he was looking forward to working together on progress for Germany.

Joined online

Due to a corona infection, Lang was unable to speak on the stage in the Berlin Velodrom, where a manageable group of top Greens was gathered. The several hundred delegates were connected online. Lang is attributed to the left wing of the party. She was previously vice president. In her application speech, she emphasized that government participation was a huge opportunity for the Greens, even if compromises were necessary. “Government isn’t a punishment, it’s a huge opportunity,” she said. The combination of climate protection and social justice must be made the basis of Green policy.

Nouripour is a prominent foreign politician and has been a member of the Bundestag from Frankfurt am Main since 2006. He was born in Iran and came to Germany with his family at the age of 13. He assigns himself to the Realo wing. In his application speech, he said his goal was to move the party forward in order to “be able to play in the K-question again”. With his candidacy he wants to motivate people with a migration background to get involved in politics. dpa

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