After the SPD, the Greens now have a share in a red-red-green minority government voted in Thuringia. At a party convention in the city of Apolda, 93 delegates approved the government agreement, while nine opposed it. Seven delegates abstained. The SPD had already decided on Friday evening in Erfurt for the coalition with a large majority. A left-wing poll on the coalition agreement is still ongoing, and the result will be announced on February 3.
The Greens are with a weak result state election last October the smallest partner in the alliance with 5.2 percent. Accordingly, it was discussed at the party convention before the vote. The member of the state parliament, Olaf Müller, said he was angry that the area of migration should move from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Social Affairs, which is run by the left and not the Greens.
State party leaders campaigned for the controversial minority government project. The chairman of the state parliamentary group, Dirk Adams, campaigned for joining the government, "even if I don't jump in the air about the division of responsibilities." The Greens could not prevail with their demand for the takeover of the Ministry of Agriculture.
"The question of whether we are brave enough for this, we have to face," said Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund, who was negotiator for the Greens when drawing up the joint government program. It is about shaping politics with 42 out of 90 votes in the state parliament. Cooperation with the CDU and FDP is required for projects and laws.
Government formation shortly before graduation
It is expected that Bodo Ramelow will need several attempts in the state parliament in order to be re-elected prime minister despite an expected approval of the left-wing members. His coalition lacks four votes for a majority, he is aiming for a vote in early February. A specific date has not yet been set. Wants to vote Thuringia AfD faction leader Björn Höcke set up his own AfD candidate who could gather a "bourgeois majority" behind him. The announcement led to a discussion as to whether an AfD opponent could even make it easier for Ramelow to be elected in the second or third round of voting.
The formation of a government in Thuringia proved to be very difficult after the state elections, since no coalition that had previously been discussed with the parties would have had a majority of the MPs behind it. The reason for this was the strong performance of the AfD, which became the second-strongest party after the left.
The CDU and the Left had a theoretical majority, at times there was speculation about a project government from the two parties, which the CDU, however, rejected with reference to a decision by the Federal Party. The CDU and FDP reject institutionalized cooperation with the red-red-green minority government, but have shown themselves open to negotiations on individual political projects.