June 12, 2021

Green Party Congress: Between Radical and Government

Status: 11.06.2021 10:04 p.m.

The Greens want to rule. They made this clear at the start of their party congress. A clear majority agreed that a CO2 price of 60 euros should apply from 2023. Co-boss Habeck warned in his speech to take everyone with you. By Björn Dake.

By Björn Dake,
ARD capital studio

At the start of their federal party congress, the Greens supported their party leadership on key issues of climate policy. A clear majority agreed with the proposal of the federal executive board that the CO2 price should rise to 60 euros by 2023. There were certainly calls to write 80 euros per ton in the election manifesto in 2022.

Co-boss Robert Habeck said that social majorities would have to be organized for the energy turnaround, but the demanded CO2 price was too demanding. In addition, the CO2 price was not the only instrument, it was about a “mix of measures” for balanced climate protection .

Green Party Congress: A summary of the start

Iris Sayram, ARD Berlin, daily topics 9:50 p.m., June 11, 2021

Loser was combative

With that, Jakob Blasel in particular lost. The 20-year-old introduced the amendment to 80 euros per ton in 2022. Blasel had expected this outcome as follows: “It is the last piece of the puzzle that is missing. Of course I will continue to fight for it, but now I will first assemble behind the program that will be adopted on Sunday.”

Blasel was a former spokesman for “Fridays for Future”. In allusion to the Paris climate target, he calls himself “1.5 degrees ultra”. In autumn he wants to move into the Bundestag with a “radical” climate policy for the Greens.

Habeck wants to reach the breadth of society

But this will only succeed if the party gets a decent result and reaches the highly competitive middle of the population. Greens boss Habeck pointed out in his opening speech: “It is not we Greens who bring about the change. The change is only possible with the majority of the people in Germany.”

Habeck greeted the audience in his opening speech. He said “Ladies and Gentlemen” instead of the usual “Friends”. Habeck wants to achieve the breadth of society in his own words.

He warned his party against falling into a trap: Either allow themselves to be pushed into a programmatically radical corner or formulate an offer that was too imprecise for many groups of voters.

Flowery spirit of optimism instead of failure analysis

Checking off mistakes, setting topics that put the Greens on the offensive: that’s what this federal delegates’ conference is all about. This is what the stage design in the “Station” event center in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district should convey: Lots of light, wildflowers and a wooden seating area.

Top candidate Annalena Baerbock chatted with Habeck there. She will not answer the microphone until the second day of the party meeting. Tomorrow afternoon the approximately 800 delegates will vote on the top duo.

Federal managing director Michael Kellner called the list of a candidate for chancellor “historical”. He praises her as the “woman of the future”. Baerbock leads with a clear compass.

Membership record brings flood of applications

At the start of the meeting, Kellner announced a record membership: 117,000 people currently belong to the Greens. That is almost twice as many as before the federal election four years ago.

You want to have a say. Almost 3,300 amendments to the election platform have been received by the party headquarters. MEPs will vote on around 50 this weekend. On the second day, among other things, the level of the top tax rate and the minimum wage will be discussed. Here, too, it will be exciting to see whether the party leadership can prevail – as with the CO2 price.

Green Party Congress: Between Radical and Government

Björn Dake, ARD Berlin, June 11th, 2021 9:10 p.m.