With elections approaching in Germany this fall, the idea of having the first Green Chancellor is no longer an absurd one.

The Green’s poll had higher results in some surveys than the CDU. The

CDU has been constantly losing votes and achieving the lowest figure since 2012 with only 23 percent, according to the Opinion Research Institute Insa. The result of many recent mistakes done by the CDU. Corruption scandals, insufficient progress and the nomination of Armin Laschet weaken the election chances of the party. The recent developments of the Greens have been mainly positive. The main reasons for their rapid success are no conflicts within the Party, unlike in the CDU and SPD, more awareness for the environment and the popularity of Annalena Baerbock.

Their main goals are fighting against climate change, e.g., targeting to shut all coal plants by 2030 and cutting greenhouse gases by 70% by 2030. To achieve these targets, they need to expand the use of renewable energies. Regarding foreign policy, the Greens stand for strong Europe and transatlantic relationship. However, the relationship with China and Russia could change, as we can see from their rejection of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Implementing a more “humane” migration policy based on their so-called “Fast & Fair” process is also a part of their forgein policy. In terms of their social policy, they want to fight against polarization and lessen socioeconomic inequalities by an increased taxation of assets or tax withholding from higher incomes and a minimum wage of 12 euros per hour.

But there is another challenge laying ahead namely having to regain a strong economic state after over a year of the pandemic and then becoming responsible to help reinventing the after-COVID economy. The question arises if the Party, traditionally striving for one primal goal: the environment, can fix Germany’s economic situation.

The main economic objectives of the election manifesto are higher taxes and higher government spending. Planning a 500bn spending program to invest in infrastructure, digitalization, innovation, and emissions neutrality. The Greens claim that the current low-interest environment is too good an opportunity to miss. Baerbock also favors a creation of a venture capital fund financed by the State, which supports start-ups and companies investing in sustainable innovation. Opponents criticize the lack of economic understanding leading to an immense national debt.

The outcome is open, till now only speculations based on the surveys are possible.

Source: DW