SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz is counting on a majority for a red-green coalition after the federal election on September 26th in view of rising polls. “I would like to govern together with the Greens,” said the Federal Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor in an interview with the “Tagesspiegel”.
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“I have already worked with the Greens in various governments, both in the federal government and in Hamburg. We are different parties, we have different objectives, but we have a lot of overlaps, “said Scholz.
And they are important for the future of our country. Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock had recently emphasized several times that she would prefer to govern with the SPD.
According to current polls, there is no majority for red-green, this coalition existed in Germany from 1998 to 2005. Should it not be enough for the SPD and the Greens alone, a traffic light coalition with the FDP is an option that Scholz would strive for, but FDP leader Christian Lindner has so far relied on a possible Jamaica coalition with the Union and the Greens.
In the latest political barometer by ZDF and Tagesspiegel, the SPD was at 25 percent, the Union at historically poor 20 percent, the Greens at 17 percent, and the FDP at eleven percent.
Scholz is currently benefiting in particular from the weakness of the Union with its candidate for Chancellor Armin Laschet. According to a Civey poll, most German citizens would prefer a government without the Union after the general election. Around 56 percent of those questioned expressed this wish in a survey commissioned by the “Augsburger Allgemeine”.
Scholz about the Left Party: “That was bad”
Scholz made it clearer than ever before that an alliance including the Left Party is currently out of the question for him because of his inability to govern. The main reason is the recent refusal in the Bundestag to approve the evacuation operation of the Bundeswehr in Kabul. “The rejection of the Bundeswehr rescue decision by the party Die Linke was bad,” said Scholz the “Tagesspiegel”.
He made it clear that the left did not meet minimum requirements such as a clear commitment to NATO, solid budgeting and the transatlantic partnership. „These requirements are non-negotiable. ”
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Scholz recently supported similarly critical statements from SPD leader Saskia Esken, who denied the left the ability to govern, and emphasized that he would not waver: “Anyone who chooses the SPD to get me as Chancellor can be sure that this will apply . ”
The citizens would know him from all the public offices that he had held in recent years. “You know that I am a very pragmatic politician who would never playfully deal with the basics of proper governance,” he asked for confidence in the question. The SPD decided at a party congress in 2013 that alliances with the Left Party no longer existed before elections can be categorically excluded, but this is tied to high conditions. Scholz feels bound by the decision.
Scholz makes it clear: I determine the course after the election
With a view to the left wing of the party, the Vice Chancellor and SPD candidate for Chancellor made it clear that if he wins the election he will not change the course and that there will be no shift to the left sworn by the Union: the current unity will persist beyond September 26th .
“Whoever crosses the line with the SPD to get a Chancellor Scholz can rely on the fact that he will get him exactly as he got to know him in the past few years.” He will do the politics that many would associate with him . “Much reminds me of my time in Hamburg: At that time, in 2009 a party that was not closed before came together, repositioned itself, won the 2011 election – and to this day the Hamburg SPD is characterized by great unity,” emphasized Scholz.
The candidate plans three major projects after the election
When asked about a 100-day program, Scholz named three projects. “I spoke of respect. It’s about recognition, but it also has to show on the bank account. A single applause for the Corona heroes is not enough. ”The cashier at the supermarket checkout or the parcel deliverer would also have to earn more. “That’s why I want to raise the statutory minimum wage to 12 euros in my first year in office.”
The second important project is to clearly calculate how much electricity Germany will need in 2045 and to orient the expansion of electricity generation accordingly. “We need a lot more electricity from the sun and wind, and we need a more efficient power grid.”