In at least one respect, the historian, sociologist and bestselling author Rainer Zitelmann is satisfied with his party, the FDP: “The worst was prevented.” However, the new traffic light coalition does not create a cheering mood for him, as he emphasizes in the eXXpress TV talk: “This is not a departure.” Rather, the Germans expect a continuation of the status quo on many points, but possibly soon a lot of controversy. The issue of migration in particular could become a bone of contention, as the positions between the FDP on the one hand and the Greens in particular on the other are completely contrary, which is currently being swept under the carpet. Nevertheless: “Congratulations to FDP boss Lindner that he was able to prevent many bad things.”
When it comes to taxes or tenancy law, the SPD and the Greens had far-reaching, socialist ideas. Little is changing here. “The FDP wanted taxes to be reduced significantly, the SPD and the Greens wanted them to rise significantly. Now they stay as they are. ” The same applies to the housing market and tenancy law, where liberalization is actually necessary. The FDP was able to prevent a rent cap at the federal level. “The FDP was able to successfully repel the socialist plans.”
Also positive is the occupation of the finance ministry with FDP boss Christian Lindner and the justice ministry with Marco Buschmann (also FDP): “The worst projects in the tax and legal front will not work there.” But: “It’s not a coalition of new beginnings.”
Zitelmann fears bad things for foreign policy, where Germany has already been poorly positioned. With the new foreign minister, Green leader Annalena Baerbock, there is a threat of a “complete moralization of German foreign policy”. The program of the Greens, for example, calls for a feminist foreign policy – “whatever that should be”. Despite all the criticism, Angela Merkel has so far pursued a realistic foreign policy, for example with regard to China. Now that could be replaced by morality and ideology.
The bestselling author and columnist locates the greatest points of conflict on the subject of migration, and actually he even hopes “that there will be a lot of controversy. It would be fatal if the FDP swings in line with the SPD and the Greens. They want to open the borders wide for everyone. “
The extent to which the positions differ here has been shown with a look at the events on the Polish-Belarusian border: “The FDP is in favor of financial support for Poland in fortifying the border, while the Greens want open borders for migrants. You can already see the contradiction. ” Incidentally, a relent of the FDP would be a gift to the CDU, “although it was the union with Merkel that caused all the problems here.”
In addition, a lot is written into such coalition agreements, but in practice many things can be different as soon as new problems pop up. Much is unpredictable, especially when the coalition parties “have completely contrary ideas”. Rainer Zitelmann also hopes for resistance from the FDP in the event of a possible debt union in the EU. He is also curious to see how the energy policy will continue, because the Greens’ plans are “completely unrealistic”.