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Federal cabinet: who will do what in the traffic light coalition?

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The goals of the traffic light coalition have been defined. All that remains now is to find the government team to implement these goals. Some names have been set. But there could also be surprises.

The FDP has already announced its government team, today the Greens will follow. In the case of the SPD, it can take even longer.

After the presentation of the coalition agreement of the three traffic light parties, attention is directed to the personal details. Who will become what in the three-party coalition that is committed to “progress”?

You already know that for sure

– Federal Chancellor: The previous Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz is promoted. In the week from December 6th, he is to be elected Chancellor in the Bundestag.

The future FDP ministers have also been nominated by the party executive and are already firmly in the saddle:

– Finances: Party leader Christian Lindner takes on this central position in the cabinet, in which Green leader Robert Habeck was also interested. Lindner has prevailed. But he will not be Vice Chancellor. The Basic Law provides for this post only once. Since the Greens emerged from the federal election as the second strongest coalition force, they get it.

– Transport and digital: The Ministry of Transport was more likely to be seen by the Greens. Now FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing is to lead it. For many Greens, this is difficult to cope with, after the FDP had already failed in the explorations of the speed limit on highways.

– Justice: This department is taken over by the First Parliamentary Managing Director of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Marco Buschmann.

– Education and research: This is what Parliamentary Managing Director Bettina Stark-Watzinger is supposed to do.

You know that for sure

– Head of the Chancellery: This post will be even more important than before in a traffic light coalition. Because the head of the Chancellery coordinates the government work and that should be more complicated with three partners. It is certain that Scholz’s long-time companion and close confidante Wolfgang Schmidt (SPD) will take on this central task. Most recently, the lawyer was State Secretary for Finance, but acted behind the scenes primarily as a “spin doctor” and puller.

– Work and social issues: Hubertus Heil is firmly in the saddle. In the last electoral term he was already seen as assertive and hard-working – on issues such as pensions, the labor market and Hartz IV, which are particularly important for his SPD.

– Economy and climate protection: Greens boss Habeck is considered to be responsible for the support of the central topic of the Greens: climate protection. He can draw on experience from six years as Schleswig-Holstein’s minister for the energy transition, the environment, agriculture and digitization. Habeck will almost certainly also become Vice Chancellor after the disappointing election result of the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock.

That is very likely

– Foreign Office: Baerbock should nevertheless receive an important post. She is considered the likely foreign minister who would then take care of global climate policy.

– Home and home: The previous Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is favored for this. The interior and the judiciary are regarded as “mirror ministries” with numerous overlaps. Technically, the 56-year-old would already have been trained.

It is still unclear

In the Greens, the occupation of three ministries was still unclear until late Wednesday evening:

– Family, seniors, women and youth
– Environment, nature protection, nuclear safety and consumer protection
– Food and Agriculture

Possible candidates are the current parliamentary group leaders Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Anton Hofreiter, the former federal manager Steffi Lemke and the former party leader Cem Özdemir, who was elected to the Bundestag in Stuttgart with a sensational result of around 40 percent.

The SPD has even more unanswered questions

– Defense: This ministry surprisingly fell to the Social Democrats in the coalition negotiations. Until Wednesday it was speculated that it would go to the FDP. SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil is said to be very interested in the leadership of the Bundeswehr. However, he should be elected party leader in December. It is not impossible to do both at the same time, but it could be difficult. Another promising candidate is SPD parliamentary group leader Carsten Schneider in discussion.

– Health: The most obvious line-up would be the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach, who has had a media presence like hardly any other politician since the beginning of the corona pandemic. Lauterbach, however, has a problem: he is not particularly popular with Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz.

– Building: A possible candidate for this post is the previous Environment Minister Svenja Schulze.

– Economic cooperation and development: This is what the previous human rights officer in the Federal Foreign Office, Bärbel Kofler, is acting for. But the Potsdam-based Klara Geywitz (45) would also be an option, who ran in duo with Scholz for the SPD chairmanship in 2019.

Source From: Stern

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