Letter: Defining the central terrain of German politics is tricky


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I agree with the point you made in your editorial “Greens freshen up the stale air of German politics” (FT View, April 22) that the last thing Germany needs is “more the same thing”. You also propose that a coalition of the Greens with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the pro-business Free Democrats would be an alternative to one of the center-left and far-left and that this coalition would blunt one of the arguments the strongest in Armin. Laschet, the Christian Democrat boss. This is because voting for the Greens would allow the former Communists to gain power through the back door.

Traditionally and in realpolitik, the Greens are a radical left party, cooperating with Antifa and other extremist left groups. Take energy policy, where the Greens reject any argument in favor of gas as a means of transitioning from fossil fuels to a green economy. Greens don’t compromise easily.

Although Robert Habeck lost to Annalena Baerbock as the Greens’ candidate for chancellor, he will clearly be his number two in government.

I got to know Habeck as Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, where he made no compromises with regional farmers. He often let the farmers introduce his measures (which he had discussed with them before) voluntarily, but if they did not agree to do so, he imposed the measures on the farmers.

At the Landtag, where I worked as an environmental specialist and political advisor, I also noticed how radical the positions of the SPD are, in many areas even more radical than the positions taken by the Greens.

If the center of a political spectrum is where the representatives of society come to an agreement, then, from the parties making up this coalition proposal “at the traffic lights”, the Free Democrats would remain the only real central force.

Rainer Winters
Publisher, Analogo.de
Kiel, Germany


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