Wednesday November 24th 2021
Believe in progress unites
Traffic light wants to be a “coalition at eye level”
The presentation of the coalition agreement between the SPD, Greens and FDP is eagerly awaited. The future Ampel coalitionists are not stingy with big words. There is talk of progress, courage, confidence and a change of course.
The parties to the planned traffic light government made up of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP have agreed on a joint coalition agreement entitled “Dare to make more progress”. The three parties concluded their coalition negotiations; the next step is for the respective party bodies to approve the coalition agreement. The designated Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a “coalition at eye level”. The aim is not a policy of “the lowest common denominator”, but rather “strengthening social cohesion” in order to “make the country better”.
He went on to say: “We are united by our belief in progress.” With ambition and perseverance, the parties wanted to make Germany a pioneer in climate protection with the consistent and rapid expansion of renewable energies and the acceleration of planning law. They also want to support the industry in switching to climate-neutral production. “Cutting-edge technology made in Germany will continue to exist in the future,” promised Scholz.
Specifically, the future coalition partners agreed, among other things, on the construction of 400,000 new apartments per year in Germany. The previous basic security is to be rebuilt with a new citizen’s benefit. The minimum wage should rise to twelve euros per hour. Central climate goals are also listed in the paper – including, for example, bringing forward the planned phase-out of coal “ideally” to the year 2030. The traffic light parties agreed on a 177-page coalition agreement just under two months after the general election. Who should lead the ministries has not yet been made official.
Lindner praises Scholz ‘”strong leadership personality”
Greens co-leader Robert Habeck described the coalition agreement between the SPD, Greens and FDP as a document of courage and confidence. During the negotiations, some crises worsened dramatically, said Habeck with a view to the refugee situation in Eastern Europe and the Corona crisis. Everything will be done to keep the fourth wave controllable. In a time of great concern and uncertainty, a document of courage and confidence is needed – “we are hereby presenting one of these to you today”.
Green co-boss Annalena Baerbock spoke of a planned paradigm shift with a view to children and young people in Germany. In future, everything should not only be seen from the perspective of adults. Children should have their own rights and not just be perceived as “little adults”, Baerbock continued. The government wants to represent the entire diversity of society.
From the point of view of the FDP boss, the desired traffic light coalition stands for a change of course. The three parties did not hide their differences in election campaigns, according to Lindner. “But we have one thing in common, namely overcoming the status quo.” That’s why the younger generation chose them. In the country you can feel that there is a desire for change. Lindner emphasized the leadership qualities of the future Chancellor Scholz. The previous finance minister had proven himself to be a “strong leader” in the coalition negotiations, praised the FDP leader. “That is why Olaf Scholz will be a strong Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany,” said Lindner.
Lindner promised that the new federal government would continue to be an advocate for solid finances. Private know-how and private capital should be unleashed to address the challenges of decarbonization and digitization. “We will digitize this state”, formulated Lindner the first essential projects of the future traffic light coalition. Social liberalization and the commitment to education and social advancement opportunities are further concerns.