Black and green coalition negotiations are coming to an end

Coalition negotiations between the CDU and the Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia are coming to an end. The national parliament in Düsseldorf released detailed plans to change the government on Wednesday. As predicted, the prime minister will be elected next Tuesday (June 28).

As the CDU and the Greens have a vast majority of 115 out of 195 seats in the new state parliament, no surprises should be expected in the five-party parliament – despite a secret ballot.

Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU), who led the black and yellow coalition for eight months as the successor to Armin Laschet (CDU), will presumably head the first black and green coalition in NRW on Tuesday.

As it is necessary to vote on the coalition agreement negotiated from May 31 at the party conferences of the CDU and the Greens in Bonn and Bielefeld, the presentation of the results is inevitable.

The national parliament plans to introduce and swear in new members of the national government as early as next Wednesday. As in terms of substance, the CDU and the Greens did not allow their cards to be taken into account in planning the cabinet.

There is a lot of speculation about this. Green state leader Mona Neubaur, who led her party to triple the result in the state election on May 15, is considered the so-called superminister of economy and climate protection. Expanding the economic department, which previously had a relatively small budget, to include a future area of ​​climate protection – by analogy with the office of federal minister Robert Habeck (Greens) – would make the 44-year-old a new strong woman in the libertine cabinet.

It is believed that Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) will keep his department. The 69-year-old former teacher made it clear that he would like to do this himself – or in any case, would not be available as the minister of the school.

Experience shows that every incumbent has trouble at the head of the Ministry of Education. Top management is always under fire from the association’s large, critical lobby. In North Rhine-Westphalia in recent years – irrespective of the government – failure in school policy has always been a serious reason for voting. Anyone who takes office from Yvonne Gebauer (FDP) needs a high tolerance to frustration, good nerves and steadfastness.

The head of the Chancellery of State, Nathanael Liminski, has demonstrated these qualities over the past five years. The only 36-year-old father of four is a gifted cord puller and coordinator at government headquarters in Düsseldorf – not least since NRW took over the chairmanship of the Prime Minister’s Conference last October.

Karl-Josef Laumann should have a safe place in the cupboard. The newly elected federal chairman of the CDU workforce over the decades has developed a profile of the party’s social conscience and has very strong support at the local level. However, it is uncertain whether its ministry of labor, health and social affairs will maintain this format in a coalition with the Greens.

It is expected that Wüst will include Ina Scharrenbach in his office again. The vice-president of the CDU and the chairwoman of the women’s union in North Rhine-Westphalia are also highly respected in the party. After Laschet joined the Bundestag, the current Minister of Construction was regarded as one of the future leaders of NRW.

Ina Brandes (CDU) is considered a safe candidate for a position in the new government. After all, she is the only person in the office that Wüst chose himself and did not take over from Laschet. Wüst made the 44-year-old economist his successor as head of the Ministry of Transport last October.

It is harder to judge who the Greens want to send to the new government. Contrary to Neubaur, which has already announced that it wants to work “in a responsible position” for Black and Green, its coalition leader Felix Banaszak (32) made it clear that he saw himself “in the parliamentary group in the next few years “. years. ”It is speculated that one of the two women from the leadership of the Green parliamentary group, Josefine Paul or Verena Schäffer, could be called into the cabinet.

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