Habeck and Lindner argued to the end

With BZ

The heads of the SPD, Greens and FDP delegations argued over the main points of the contract until late Wednesday night. It was about finance, but above all about the position of the Minister of Finance.

Finally they stood there like in a love match …!

“He met Olaf Scholz during the negotiations”, marveled FDP leader Christian Lindner (42) at a joint press conference at Berlin’s Westhafen Congress Center. Scholz is a “strong leader” and will be “a strong chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany”.

Green leader Robert Habeck (52) praised the coalition agreement as a “document of courage and trust”.

► But the truth was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT until the announcement (Scholz: “Scholz is standing”) on Wednesday afternoon.

The heads of the SPD, Greens and FDP delegations argued over the main points of the contract until late Wednesday night. It was about finance, but one thing in particular: the position of Minister of Finance.

And, as BZ had learned, they fought above all for him: the later licorice cowards Lindner and Habeck!

︎ In the end, it was even possible to make both of them deputy chiefs of Scholz – with the help of legal deception. Habeck therefore becomes Scholz Vice under the Basic Law (Art. 69). Lindner becomes Scholz’s deputy in accordance with the federal government regulations (§22).

One thing is certain: the new coalition agreement establishes the division of ministries (six SPD ministers, five from the Green Party, four from the FDP). In addition, a chancellor and head of the SPD Chancellery.

Empty table in the meeting room of the Federal Cabinet of the Federal Chancellery. This is where the traffic light ministers will meet soon (photo: photo association / photo library) Photo: js

BUT: Only the FDP has so far decided who will go to the Liberal Cabinet. The SPD and the Greens still want to start voting with the party base before announcing the list of ministers.

The Greens should do it on Thursday. In the case of the SPD, only after the party congress on December 4 …

BZ lists the nominated ministers – and favorites:

The position of the minister in Zielone

▶ ︎ Stefanie Lemke (53), Agriculture: Currently, she is a spokeswoman for the Greens for nature protection. A ministerial position would be a rapid increase.

▶ ︎ Anton Hofreiter (51), Environment: Anton Hofreiter is considered a Green favorite for the Ministry of Environment. Trademarks: wild hairstyle, not afraid of confrontation.

▶ ︎ Katrin Goehring-Eckardt (55)Family: In conversation as family minister: the powerful leader of the parliamentary group.

▶ ︎ Robert Habeck (52)Economy and climate: The co-head of the Greens Habeck will become the federal minister of the economy, to be extended to include climate protection.

▶ ︎ Annalena Baerbock (41), Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Green co-head Baerbock is to take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Significant post! But: Vice-Chancellor Habeck.

SPD ministerial position

▶ ︎ Svenja Schulze (53)Construction: Hopeful: The current Federal Environment Minister may move to the newly created Ministry of Construction.

▶ ︎ Sabine Dittmar (57)Health: Karl Lauterbach’s greatest competitor (58): Dittmar, health policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group.

▶ ︎ Klara Geywitz (45)Development: Vice-president of the SPD runs in the elections to the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

▶ ︎ Olaf Scholz (63)Chancellor: Successive chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany: outgoing Minister of Finance and deputy chancellor.


▶ ︎ Wolfgang Smith (51)Law Firm: The long-time trustee of Olaf Scholz is to manage a powerful law office – in the rank of federal minister.

Hubertus Heil (49)Labor: Heil may be the only minister to maintain his position. He is recognized across party divisions.

▶ ︎ Siemtje Moller (38)Defense: A spokeswoman for the defense policy of a parliamentary group may become the new head of the Bundeswehr.

▶ ︎ Krystyna Lambrecht (56), Ministry of the Interior: May step down from the minister of justice to the minister of the interior. She really wants it.

Minister of the FDP

▶ ︎ Christian Lindner (42), Finance: The head of the FDP takes over the mega finance department. This makes him the successor of Olaf Scholz.

▶ ︎ Knowing Volker (51)Transport and digitization: General FDP moves from the government of Rhineland-Palatinate (Minister of Economy) to Berlin.

▶ ︎ Marco Buschmann (44), Justice: Liberal thinker, passionate defender of freedom (Book: “The Mortal Soul of Freedom”). From 2017, parliamentary secretary of the FDP parliamentary group.

▶ ︎ Bettina Stark-Watzinger (53)Education: The new strong liberal woman: economist, psychologist and entrepreneur.

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