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More polls for "traffic lights" in state elections: Is red-red-green still likely in federal government?  - Politics

More polls for “traffic lights” in state elections: Is red-red-green still likely in federal government? – Politics

A Thuringian Broadworth is really a non-political thing. Nevertheless, in the past sausage has repeatedly brought the SPD, Greens and leftists on the same table. It was presented each year at the traditional summer banquet of the “Think Tank”, a group of mostly younger SPD members from the Bundestock.

At the Berlin restaurant “Der Thoringer” they celebrated with colleagues from the Greens and the Left, discussed and dreamed of a federal government – the “R2G” in the federal government, what fans call red-red-green.

Your Berliner Dref, the inn with Thuringian specialties, is no more, it closed in 2019. Recently, not much has been heard about the R2G idea.

That is unlikely to change with the state elections in Baden-Wர்டrttemberg and the Rhineland-Palatinate this Sunday. On the contrary, the debate over another three-way alliance could gain momentum: the “traffic light” of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. A majority in support of this is emerging in both federal states. In Berlin, there will be increasing debate over whether this would be an option in the federal government as well. What does this mean for R2G? Can fans of a center-left coalition wrap up with it?

“There is no room for compromise”

Left-wing member of the Bundestag Stephen Leibich believes: no. “The chances of being red-red-green in the federal government are better than ever,” he says. “Many of the Social Democrats and Greens want such an alliance. In our party, too, those who oppose government participation are distrustful of minorities.”

Stephen Leibniz is a left-wing member of the Bundestag. He leaves Parliament in the fall.Photo: Image Images / Christian Speaker

The report may come as a surprise. Does At the Left Party Conference in late February, John Whistler was elected co-employer – a man who vehemently opposed the government’s role in the federal government. At the same time, his comrade Matthias Hahn fell with the demand to open up the Left on the basis of foreign policy against the Social Democrats and the Greens. However, all of this is not a rejection of R2G, Leibniz insists. What this means: The internal party discussion on the foreign deployment of Pandeswar – a key feature of the collaboration between the Social Democrats and the Greens – is not over yet. In the end, however, Whistler said, “there is no chance of a compromise.”

SPD is open to R2G

Lance Castellucci, spokesman for the “Think Tank”, a member of the Pundestock SPD, knows that a center-left alliance is not easy. “No alliance is easy, not traffic light or R2G,” he says. “For me, red-red-green is the star that can best ensure social cohesion.” Overall, the Social Democrats are more open than ever, and the “Think” tank at the R2G meetings has been in production for years, building mutual trust. “Our mission is to lead the government,” says Castellucci. “There is no longer an exception like there was with SPD.”

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Greens are reluctant to make public statements about R2G. “Problem kids are greens who mainly like black and green,” says Lincoln-Mann Liebich. For all R2G fans this is a challenge to “convince party leaders”. Leibniz calls for greater inclusion of the center-left option in the election campaign to “garner more votes.”

The “left-wing story” in the SPD “Think Tank” book released this month should serve as a catalyst for this – with parliamentary group leaders including the authors of three R2G camps, including Rolf, Medsenich (SPD) and Dietmar Parts (left). “The necessary changes and alliances are obvious,” the preamble says. In a nationwide survey, the Social Democrats, Greens and Left now make up 43 percent.