Who rules now

Greens in Baden-Württemberg now want to continue to govern with the CDU

Will you continue to govern with the CDU or a traffic light alliance with the SPD and FDP? That is why the Greens in Baden-Württemberg struggled for a long time. Now the decision has been made: the existing coalition with the Union is to be continued. But the unrest in the party is only just beginning.

asl./(dpa). The Greens in Baden-Württemberg want to continue to govern with the CDU in the future. After tough deliberations, the state executive decided to continue the coalition with the Christian Democrats. On Saturday, “a final exploratory discussion” should be held with the Union, the party executive said on Thursday evening. The result should then form the basis for future coalition negotiations.

In the state elections, the Greens had become the strongest party under Prime Minister Kretschmann. Mathematically possible is the new edition of the coalition with the CDU as well as a traffic light with the SPD and FDP. The decision to rule with the CDU for another five years has obviously been difficult for the party: In the morning, the state executive had to temporarily suspend talks about it. Only after a crisis switch in the closest circle of leaders did it become clear that the party leadership would meet again in the late afternoon.

According to reports, Kretschmann was committed to the alliance with the Christian Democrats in the negotiations. At the beginning of the exploratory talks, he emphasized that when choosing his coalition partner, he wanted to form a “reliable and stable government”. From his point of view, a traffic light coalition would probably not have been able to do this. The fact that there is more need for coordination in an alliance of three parties may also have played a role. A good two thirds of the board members finally spoke out in favor of coalition negotiations with the CDU and thus gave in to Kretschmann's insistence.

Especially younger board members and the two state chairmen Sandra Detzer and Oliver Hildenbrand had argued that a new departure was not possible with the CDU. In addition, there has been a lack of trust after the disputes over the past five years. Hildenbrand had already declared during the election campaign that the Union had been a "block on the leg" when it came to climate protection.

The Green Youth added on Thursday: “This decision sounds like a bad April Fool's joke. To form a coalition with the CDU again, although there was another option, is incomprehensible, ”said the state spokeswoman Sarah Heim. Other party members, on the other hand, are now warning of an open dispute: Some are quoted as saying that they have given a “very bad image to the outside world”. It is now important to avert damage to the election winner Kretschmann.

The SPD and FDP were disappointed. The Greens had opted for “a courageous and powerless way of doing things,” said the SPD Baden-Württemberg. The FDP said they had approached the Greens and the SPD in terms of content. "But we were not prepared to completely subordinate the FDP to the Greens' ideas of regulation and prohibition," it said in a message from state leader Michael Theurer and parliamentary group leader Hans-Ulrich Rülke. Unlike the FDP, the CDU has completely submitted to the Greens.

No advertising for the traffic light in the federal government

In the case of the Union in particular, the decision should now provide relief. In any case, a traffic light coalition in Baden-Württemberg would not have been an advertisement for black-green in the federal government. The Greens, on the other hand, are now threatened with a long-term conflict similar to that in Baden-Württemberg. In the latest surveys, the eco party comes to 23 percent nationwide. If it stays that way, the Greens are likely to play a decisive role in the coalition negotiations after the September election. A coalition led by the Union would then be conceivable. But also a traffic light coalition would be mathematically possible, although the FDP leader Christian Lindner had expressed skepticism after the presentation of the election program of the Greens two weeks ago. The Greens' program is deep red, he said.

The Federal Managing Director of the Greens, Michael Kellner, sees no signal for the federal party in Baden-Württemberg's decision: "The decision to conclude the explorations with the CDU was made by the Greens in Baden-Württemberg for Baden-Württemberg," he said. That does not change anything for the general election. The party is fighting for leadership in the next government. The fact that the Greens would provide the Chancellor in a coalition with the SPD and FDP should not be neglected in the decision-making process of the Greens, who have become increasingly power-hungry.