The decision of the SPD state board was unanimous on Wednesday evening: red-green-red should continue. The SPD wants to start coalition negotiations with the previous alliance partners, the Greens and the Left, on Tuesday after Pentecost. The new state government should be in place by the summer holidays.
Nevertheless: There should not be a “simple business as usual”, said the incumbent head of government and SPD top candidate Andreas Bovenschulte. The message from the citizens was understood that improvements had to be made in certain areas and that a change was needed. “We need significant improvements in the areas of childcare and education,” emphasized Bovenschulte. Internal security, transport policy and citizen service also need to be improved.
As a clear plan for the future, he named the already approved “two and a half billion modernization boosters for a strong economy, climate protection and social cohesion”.
There were also many similarities in the exploratory talks with the CDU, but the overlaps are greatest with the Greens and the Left, according to Bovenschulte and SPD state leader Reinhold Wetjen.
Green: We are ready for change
The state executive also voted for the start of coalition talks with the Social Democrats on Wednesday evening for the Left and Greens. The left is still pending a party conference decision this Thursday, the Greens will finally decide on Saturday at a state general meeting. Greens state executive spokeswoman Alexandra Werwath said: “I am pleased with the decision of the SPD.” The election did not bring the hoped-for result for the Greens, but: “We are not contrite about it, we are ready for change, that is the important message of the exploratory talks .”
In the future, it should therefore “not just be about announcements, but about implementation. We want to focus more on projects that are important to us.” The focus should be on the willingness to engage in dialogue with the population.
Left state spokesman Christoph Spehr also said: “We left the exploratory talks with a very good feeling. It’s not about simply continuing the coalition because the situation today is very different from four years ago.”
Especially in times of crisis, the question of social justice must be in the foreground and what is still affordable for the individual, for example with the heat transition. However, the left would have the impression that the SPD and Greens would have understood this – despite the tight budget situation. A better supply of daycare places and more speed in education is also very important to the left.
CDU: A bad day for Bremen and Bremerhaven
Meanwhile, the CDU is disappointed not to have been brought on board. “This is a bad day for the people in Bremerhaven and Bremen,” said CDU top candidate Frank Imhoff. Bovenschulte “decided against a real departure and for a comfortable ‘keep it up’. Our concern about the situation in schools and day-care centers, about internal security and about the country’s economic and financial development is now even greater.”
BIW boss Jan Timke also criticized: “In view of the miserable record that the red-green-red Senate has to show after the end of the legislative period, especially in the fields of education, transport and internal security, there must be no ‘business as usual’ in Bremen. ”
Point of view of Denise von der Ahé
The red-green-red coalition wants to continue governing. Anything else would have been the news. You only form a grand coalition when nothing else works or, as in Berlin, you have a bad election result as a top candidate and the atmosphere between the other partners is poisoned. In Bremen, the resignation of the Greens’ top candidate Maike Schaefer, who is unpopular with many in the SPD, may have paved the way for continued cooperation. Prime Minister Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) has such a strong starting position that he could choose with whom he would like to start coalition negotiations. Due to his strong personal vote result, it does not take a lot of persuasion within the party once he has made a decision. The party knows that it owes much to him for the election victory. Due to their weakened position, the Greens must have come a long way to accommodate him. The fact that a grand coalition appeared to be a serious option was probably a tried and tested means of exerting pressure on the SPD in the exploratory talks. Shortly before the election, the Greens and above all the left had sharply differentiated themselves from the SPD in education policy: in the future it will become clear what was meant seriously. Is the government really getting the teacher shortage under control? This is just one example of many where Bovenschulte and his coalition now have to deliver. The Corona crisis has covered a lot of these questions. [email protected]
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