In the early days of May, the Green party announced the renewal of their coalition with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The alliance between the Greens and the CDU has been ruling the state since May 2016, with Green Premier Kretschmann in office since 2011.

The 162 pages coalition document between the two parties was presented in the second week of May 2021, and touches on multiple points, notably the socio-economic transition for a greener future, national security and refugee policy.

The coalition document proposes a plan for the ecological transition in the auto-industrial sector, dominant in Baden-Württemberg. The transition of the auto-industry to get rid of fossil fuel-powered cars has long been a set-plan for the Green party. Indeed, this has “set the greens on a collision course with [current] chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, who have long been against a rigid date to get rid of fossil fuel-powered cars, a symbol of German engineering, industriousness and wealth to many conservatives”, according topolitico article back in March. 

This transition has raised fears for the left socialist wing on the topic of social equity. According to the socialist newspaper WSWS, the coalition agreement set forth in May is a “declaration of war on the working class”. Indeed, such transition periods usually link to unemployment rates in the auto-sector. According to the LFO institute, “at Daimler, up to 30 000 jobs are to be axed and experts assume that in the next 18 months, about 15 percent of all jobs in the German car industry are at risk, [which approximates to] around 130 000 [jobs]. According to another recent study, up to 221 000 jobs are threatened”. 

However, Sebastian Mann, spokesperson for the Greens of Baden-Württemberg has declared to Global Green News that, “[their] goal is to maintain the expertise that exists in our state in the new technologies, as well as securing added value and jobs in the state”. To this end, the BW Green party “[wants] to increase the innovation capacity of the many small and medium-sized companies in the automotive industry in particular”, creating an innovation environment in order to find the best solutions for their state particularly for batteries, including “recycling, energy and the digitization of vehicles and vehicle manufacturing”. Mann assured Global Green News that “the goal is to secure the exit path from the fossil-fueled internal combustion engine for the passenger car sector, so that a large part of the new value chain for battery-electric vehicles remains in Baden-Württemberg”.

The coalition document on refugee policy was deemed stricter by some, with aims, for instance, to expand the current system of reception centers in order for asylum seekers to receive clarification about their whereabouts in Germany. Mann explained to Global Green News the goals of the BW Green Party. , “We advocate for a common European refugee policy based on humanity and responsibility”, said Mann. “In doing so, we advocate for legal immigration channels; that is why we want to implement a state reception program in agreement with the federal government and therefore ensure that municipalities also have more opportunities to take in people in emergency situations”. Mann added that they “will make family reunification and the immigration of skilled workers easier and, in addition, for those who have been well integrated in the country for many years, we will make use of all possibilities within the state to make it possible to obtain the right to stay”.

The coalition document also aims to strengthen the police force in terms of personnel and technology, although “Baden-Württemberg is one of the safest states in Germany” with declining rates of classic criminal offenses as Mann stated. “Under the green-conservative state government, Baden-Württemberg was and is safer than ever before”, assured Mann to Global Green News. “We will ensure that this remains the case. This requires a higher density of police officers, a strong judiciary and greater attention towards new forms of crime. That is why we want to further strengthen the police force in terms of personnel and technology, increase security in public spaces and improve cyber security”.

Beyond the thematics of the document, the coalition itself can be seen as an example for the future of German politics on the federal level with the upcoming elections for chancellery next Fall. “Now for tomorrow is the motto under which we and the CDU have drawn up our renewed coalition agreement for Baden-Württemberg. We are fighting side by side with our federal party and our candidate for chancellor Annalena Baerbock, for this new beginning in the federal government as well. The campaign slogan Ready, because you are builds a bridge between what we have already been able to achieve in Baden-Württemberg together with the people and what we plan to do in the federal government in the coming years. 


Mann finished the interview with Global Green News by underlining that the renewal of the coalition and the alliance between the Greens and the CDU relies, at its core, on the trust accorded to them by the German people. “We want to secure our livelihoods and make them fit for the future, and this applies to lifes natural foundations as well as to economic and social ones”, said Mann. “This requires the Greens and the CDU to work together in a trusting and reliable manner. With a clear compass of where we are headed, we want to win people’s trust. Because it is clear to all of us: only if people trust us and actively cooperate can we successfully shape the necessary change together. The Greens and the CDU want to bring together the forces of society. Together, we want to clear paths and make new things possible”, concluded Mann.  

Eva Julia van Dam

Hi! I am a Franco-Dutch student living in Montréal. Just graduated with a Bachelor degree in Political Science from McGill University, I have taken an interest throughout my studies in Journalism. I've worked with the McGill Tribune, the Bull & Bear and recently collaborate with La Gazette des Femmes in Quebec City. I have also been an associate editor with the McGill Historical Discourse. My areas of interest are international relations, cultural diplomacy, feminism and gender studies, environmental issues and journalism - I love to write, learn and grow and I'm exicted to work with Global Green News.

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Hi! I am a Franco-Dutch student living in Montréal. Just graduated with a Bachelor degree in Political Science from McGill University, I have taken an interest throughout my studies in Journalism. I've worked with the McGill Tribune, the Bull & Bear and recently collaborate with La Gazette des Femmes in Quebec City. I have also been an associate editor with the McGill Historical Discourse. My areas of interest are international relations, cultural diplomacy, feminism and gender studies, environmental issues and journalism - I love to write, learn and grow and I'm exicted to work with Global Green News.

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