The highlight of the second day of the Green Party’s virtual congress was the approval of Annalena Baerbock as a candidate for the chancellor. 678 of the 688 delegates online supported not only her candidacy, but also the duo with Robert Habeck as the team leading the election campaign. This is equivalent to 98.55 percent of voters.
At the beginning of her speech, Annalena Baerbock thanked the delegates for “their support after we have faced adversity in recent weeks.” She herself admitted that she made mistakes. But he treats the current result of the vote as a sign of full solidarity.
“Robert, knowing that you are by my side has given me strength and full authority,” Baerbock told fellow partner Robert Habeck.
Until now, it was just speculation, but it is now written in the election program: The Greens included in the program a proposal to raise at least 50 euros of the monthly Hartz IV benefit for approximately 5.4 million adults and children receiving basic financial support. Until now, there has only been talk of a gradual increase, without specifying a specific amount.
Currently, an adult single person receives Hartz IV benefit of € 446 per month for living expenses plus housing costs. The Green Youth, however, demands a EUR 200 increase. Delegates are to vote on this issue, as well as on the demand to raise the minimum wage from the current 9.50 to 13 euros. In turn, the party leadership wants to insist on a proposal to raise the minimum wage to 12 euros.
In addition, there is the party base’s demand to raise the top tax rate to 53 percent, which is much more than the party leadership announced in the election program. However, the leader of the Greens, Robert Habeck, wants to lead to rejection of this postulate.
On Friday, the party leadership also rejected further tightening of climate and environmental policy. The delegates failed to push through the demand for a faster rise in CO2 prices for transport and heating. According to Michael Kellner, managing director of the Greens’ parliamentary club, Friday’s deliberations showed “that the party is eager for success”.
Meanwhile, the Greens have recently dropped significantly in the polls, while the leader of the upcoming elections, the Christian Democrats (CDU / CSU), managed to increase the distance in relation to other parties. The ZDF political barometer estimates the CDU / CSU at 28 percent and the Greens at 22 percent. The “Deutschlandtrend” poll by the public opinion research institute infratest domap on Thursday, commissioned by the public television’s ARD program, estimated the CDU / CSU at 28 percent and the Baerbock party at 20 percent.
ARD, DPA / jar, Polish Editorial Board of Deutsche Welle