Annalena Baerbock : the first green chancellor in Germany?

On Monday April 19th, Annalena Baerbock has been named the Green party’s first ever chancellor candidate, rather than Robert Habeck, for September’s election. This 40 year-old woman, is the youngest candidate for the chancellery and the only woman among the three main formations.

Who is Annalena Baerbock?

To aim for greater heights is part of Annala Baerbock. Former trampoline champion and determined ecologist, she is now taking up her most daring challenge by carrying the hopes of the Greens to access to the chancellery. Then, the co-president of the green party holds a degree in International law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Lately, she has been able to refine her files as well as her arguments, whether on the exit of coal in the Brandenburg region or on the financing of NATO. In addition, Baerbock is asserting her authority thanks to the precise knowledge she has gotten, most particularly on the European and international questions.

« Came from nowhere »

Since her election at the head of her party – with a record score of 97.1% alongside Robert Habeck – Baerbock has succeeded in uniting her party. Seducing the « Fundis” – the historic radical wing – with her meaning listening and dialogue. Moreover, she has been able to stand out for her work skills and her perfectionism. The Baerbock-Habeck duo have lifted the Greens into the top 3 of German political parties, thanks to a pragmatic approach that does not stir up controversy.

Annalena Baerbock does not claim to be right or left, she is on the « realistic » side of her movement. All the more, she assumes her support for the European Union and for the market economy. Baerbock has also favored the idea of ​​forming a coalition with the CDU (Christian Democratic Union), what is an indispensable quality in Germany, where one governs only through the game of alliances. In Germany, she is the “renewal” candidate. Some commentators liken her style and analytical approach to the current German leader Merkel.

This modern and “cool” attitude is attracting a younger electorate. The 40 year-old woman is already being compared to young female leaders in New Zealand or Finland. The Newspaper Politico ranked her among the 28 most powerful European figures in Europe. Becoming the most invited politician on talk shows, she increased the visibility of ecological ideas. 

« Democracy needs change, and I want to be the candidate for renewal when others are the candidates for the status quo »

Annalena Baerbock

What is the Green Party’s program?

Environmental protection, mostly for the fight against climate change, remains at the heart of the Green election program. The party says that they want to reduce greenhouse gases by 70% from 2030, while the current government aims to achieve a 55% reduction. Their objectives will go through the Germany’s energy transition towards renewable energies. Like most other parties, on foreign policy, the Greens are betting on « making Europe strong again ». The party will be more critical towards Russia and China and will not hesitate to show its support for minority and opposition groups in China, Russia and Belarus. By claiming a social and ecological system, they want to establish a wealth tax. In terms of economic and social policy, the Green Party tends to favor a strong state and more spending. Furthermore, they are also focusing on the fight against xenophobia, racism, and on gender justice.

« Climate protection is the task of our time, the task of my generation, and consequently I want the policy of a new federal government to make climate protection the norm for all areas in order to achieve the Paris goals »

Annalena Baerbock

Among the subects that will be at the heart the election campaign, Annalena Baerbock wants to invest more in the education system and pleads for a « cosmopolitan society ».

The Green Party Chances 

For the first time in their history, the Greens have a realistic chance of becoming the main political power in the federal government of Germany. No controversy, united ranks and ambition, the Greens popularity has risen last years.  The polls now have them as only a few percentage points behind Merkel’s CDU party.  As more and more voters turn to climate-related topics, they are credited with 20 to 23% of the votes. The first place, occupied by the conservatives, now seems to be accessible.

« We want to be a pole of appeasement in a turbulent political environment »

Annalena Baerbock

With that much voting intentions, the Annala Baerbock’s Party would surely create the next coalition in charge of Germany. Three scenarios are already emerging : an alliance with the Conservatives, which seems to be the most conceivable one. Or another alliance with the Social Democrats and the radical left. The last possible scenario would be to do an alliance with the Social Democrats and the Liberals. But the Greens make no secret of their real goal : lead the first government of the post-Merkel era. To conclude, Germany will most likely have a second woman chancellor. 

VOCABULAIRE :

To aim for greater heights : Viser les sommets

Liken her style and analytical approach : Comparer son style et son approche analytique

Stir up controversy : Susciter la controverse

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