Mr Lechte, you have been a member of the Bundestag for the FDP since 2017 and have followed the coalition negotiations. How satisfied are you with the result now?
“Very. Three different partners have managed to get together and present a paper that takes into account the various interests and the current distribution of the ministries also shows that everyone can march accordingly in their sub-area. It is definitely a historic treaty, because with it we established the first traffic light coalition in Germany. All three partners can be found in the contract and that shows that you negotiated as a partner. “
The FDP has received a total of four ministries. However, some are now critical of the fact that the Greens have received the foreign ministry. Do you share these concerns?
“For this, the FDP has received key ministries, such as finances, and it is there that it brings most of the competencies. As a foreign politician, I would of course have loved to see the Foreign Ministry with us, there is absolutely no question about that, but in the end, with a three-constellation, it is also important to find a balance. We have been campaigning for years with stable finances (Note Christian Lindner) and digitization, which is now at the Minister of Transport (Note Volker Wissing) is located, we want to focus on education and research. Bettina Stark-Watzinger), we also stand for the rule of law (note. Marco Buschmann). We have all four ministries that stand for the core competence of the FDP – you really can’t be sad about that. “
Whereby the economy is also a core competence of the FDP, but in the future in green hands …
Well, that is a fact of the German system. The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Affairs are mirrored ministries, as are the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice. That means it never actually happens that both ministries go to one party.
There are also a few critical voices, especially among the younger generation in the party. How can you appease the fact that there will now be no left or green spin in the FDP?
“The youth are always particularly critical, that’s completely normal. But what has now been presented in the joint meeting between the federal executive board and parliamentary group, which we had today from 1 p.m., was all in agreement and the federal chairman of the Young Liberals also spoke positively. “
Will there still be a separate party resolution on the coalition agreement?
“We are holding a digital federal party conference on December 5th and there will be an official decision, but the federal executive board and the parliamentary group have already given the paper the green light. And the Chancellor will be elected on December 8th. “
In your opinion, what is the most important impulse that is coming to Germany with the traffic lights?
“It is important that we want to accelerate the planning and assessment processes in the field of renewable energies so that we no longer have to wait so long to tackle the energy transition. Another important point is that we start with the pension funded, so the share pension is part of the coalition agreement and that we want to redesign social security systems in Germany and thus the citizens’ money is also part of the coalition agreement.