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Two environmentalists and a liberal in key ministries of the new German government

A woman at the forefront of diplomacy, an environmental writer in the “super” Ministry of Climate and a liberal in Finance are the favorites to occupy the main portfolios of the future German government, although they have never held federal ministerial positions.

The Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, who unveiled on Wednesday the agreement reached for the future coalition, will be part of the first German tripartite government, the result of a skillful amalgamation between representatives of the SPD, Greens and Liberals of the FDP.

Although the names of the future members of the cabinet have not yet been released, it is already certain that the Greens will be in charge of the Foreign Relations and a large Ministry for Climate Protection, while the FDP of the portfolio of Finance.

These are the new faces expected for key positions in the coalition dubbed “traffic light,” which would be inaugurated in early December.

– Annalena Baerbock, from the springboard to diplomacy –

Former athlete, trampoline champion, Annalena Baerbock, who was the Greens’ chancellor candidate, would become the first – and youngest – woman to head German Foreign Relations.

Despite the historic environmentalist result in the September legislative elections, this 40-year-old lawyer, a specialist in international law, admitted her “mistakes” during the campaign that her party paid dearly for.

Unreported bonuses in the Bundestag, a somewhat “inflated” CV, and a devastating controversy over plagiarized passages from a programmatic book, Baerbock disappointed those who dreamed of an environmental chancellor.

Co-Chair of the Greens alongside Robert Habeck since January 2018, she has been an MP for eight years and graduated from the prestigious London School of Economics.

Baerbock, who will find in his office the thorny immigration and diplomatic dispute with Belarus, promised to place human rights at the center of German diplomacy and has advocated for greater firmness with Russia and China.

– Christian Lindner, “savior” of the Liberals, in Finance –

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), third in the September 26 consultation, Christian Lindner, 42, could occupy the finance ministry of the largest European economy, coveted by the Greens in the previous negotiations.

Omnipresent in the media and talk shows, hailing from North Rhine-Westphalia, he is criticized for imposing a “cult of personality” on the group he has led for 8 years.

At the age of 16 he joined the FDP, this sports car fan was elected deputy in 2009 for the first time, when he struggled to impose himself on the party leadership, he was nicknamed “Bambi”.

In 2017, he broke off negotiations for an eventual coalition with the Conservatives and the Greens led by Angela Merkel, an unexpected radical change that cost the Liberals dearly, always lagging behind in the polls.

With him, the FDP became radicalized, sometimes flirting with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), mostly in defiance of anti-covid restrictions.

An opponent of any tax increase, particularly on the wealthy, Lindner is also a supporter of budget austerity.

– Robert Habeck, a philosopher writer in Environment –

With a large ministry bringing together Economy and Climate Protection, the ecologist Robert Habeck would implement the program of measures against global warming agreed upon by the new coalition, particularly getting off coal by 2030.

Fifty, sometimes referred to as “pale green”, sealed the victory of the “realos”, the centrist wing of the “Grünen”, less radical than the “fundis”, by obtaining the environmental co-presidency almost four years ago.

A first-time member of the Bundestag since September 26, he is considered the “thinker” of the Greens.

Pragmatic, talented speaker, he entered politics only about 20 years ago, building his experience at the regional level as Minister of the Environment for the rural region of Schleswig-Holstein.

Graduated in philosophy, father of four young adults, he was a successful writer thanks to novels co-signed with his wife.

Germans appreciate his laid-back style, to the point of allowing himself to be filmed ironing his shirt – on the ground, in the absence of a board – before an environmental rally.

bur-yap / ylf / sg / age / mb

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