“Danish traffic light” in kiel is in place

Four weeks after the state elections, they unanimously approved the coalition agreement. Now the party congresses of the three partners still have to approve the result of the negotiations next saturday. This is regarded as certain. Three days later, on 12. June, the SPD politician torsten albig (49) is to be elected then as prime minister.

After the conclusion of the negotiations, SPD state and parliamentary group chairman ralf stegner emphasized the great degree of fundamental convictions of the three partners. Fair education, good jobs, a consistent energy turnaround and solid finances he named as key points. Investments in education should lead to a decrease in social transfer costs, said stegner. Additional expenditures of 40 million euros in the 2013 budget – for example, for danish schools, women’s shelters or an expansion of nursing care for the elderly – would be counter-financed. Among other things, road construction funds are to be cut and the law on consolidating the budgets of particularly poor cities and municipalities is to be repealed.

By the end of the legislative period, the municipalities should also gradually get back the 120 million euros by which the former grand coalition (2005-2009) had cut the municipal financial compensation. The funds will be tied mainly to the expansion of daycare centers.

"We promise you: this will once again be a legislative period over five years," stegner stressed. The other negotiators also expressed confidence that the coalition will last the entire legislative period.

The so-called dane-ampel has only one more mandate in the state parliament than CDU, FDP and pirate party. But with several resolutions on domestic policy – no to data retention, voting age 16, simplification of popular initiatives – the likelihood grew that albig could also get votes from pirates.

This means that albig’s starting position is more comfortable than it was for heide simonis in 2005. The SPD incumbent failed spectacularly in the prime ministerial election because she lacked one vote from her own camp in four rounds of voting. At the time, the SSW wanted to tolerate a red-green minority government.

For the first time, the sudschleswigsche wahlerverband (SSW) will be part of the government. His former parliamentary group leader anke spoorendonk (64) becomes minister for justice, culture and europe. For the first time in a german state, the greens will take over the key finance portfolio, with budget expert monika heinold (53) as minister. Green caucus leader robert habeck (42) moves into the cabinet and becomes responsible for energy transition, environment and agriculture.

The remaining four ministries for the interior, economy, education and social affairs will go to the SPD. The minister of economics will be reinhard meyer, head of the state chancellery in schwerin, and the minister of social affairs will be kristin alheit, mayor of pinneberg. Corresponding information of the newspaper "die welt" was confirmed to the deutsche presse-agentur dpa from negotiation circles. Flensburg university president waltraud wende (no party affiliation) will be minister of education and science, and rendsburg SPD mayor andreas breitner will be minister of the interior.

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