State elections in North Rhine-Westphalia: Greens as kingmakers – Lang makes first demands

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The Greens as Kingmakers – Party Leader Lang puts forward the first demands

“Now begins the struggle to interpret the will of the electorate”

The CDU, led by Prime Minister Hendrik Fust, became the strongest force in elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the first predictions, the Christian Democrats are clearly ahead of the SPD. “Wüst has been well received by some clients,” says WELT writer Peter Huth.

After her historic electoral success in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Green Party’s top candidate, Mona Neubauer, does not want to commit to a favored coalition. Party leader Ricarda Lange also remains open about the question – but he already knows what issues the future government will have to address.

nAccording to forecasts from the ARD and ZDF, the Greens scored the best result in their history in state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday. Mona Neubauer, the Green Party’s top candidate, spoke of a “leap of faith”, which also means that a potential state government cannot be formed without the Greens.

According to forecasts, the black-green alliance is mathematically feasible. The traffic lights alliance between the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party would also get the necessary majority in the state parliament. On the other hand, red and green are currently missing an absolute majority. A grand alliance would also be computationally feasible.

The Greens play a crucial role in the search for a government. However, the party’s top politicians did not want to commit to a political alliance on Sunday evening.

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Federal Green Party chairwoman Ricarda Lange wants to move forward on a climate-friendly and social cycle should the government be involved in NRW. With whom the government is ultimately formed depends, for example, on who can take the path to a climate-neutral and digital future, she said on the ZDF website. Reasonable rents are also important.

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Your party achieved the best historical result in North Rhine-Westphalia and a week ago it was the historical best result in Schleswig-Holstein. “And I think it shows that people think we have up-to-date answers,” Lang said. People realized that it was about independence from Russian fossil fuels as quickly as possible, and about security in times of change. People will “imagine real political change with green”.

“There will be a strong green handwriting”

Lead candidate Neubauer cited climate protection as an important topic for potential exploratory talks with other parties. “We ran an independent, self-confident campaign and obviously got rewarded for that,” she said Sunday night on ARD. When asked which project was non-negotiable for the Greens at the exploratory talks, she called the “humanitarian mission to protect the climate”, but social cohesion must be preserved.

“There’s going to be a strong green handwriting,” Neubauer said. Newport evaded the question of her preferred coalition. “We have been rewarded for running an independent green campaign,” she said simply. Also during the election campaign, Neubauer avoided committing to an alliance. With their potent score, greens are considered ‘King makers’.

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Newport also sees the record result in state elections as a result of her party’s policies in the federal government. She noticed during the election campaign that the “political style” of ministers in the Traffic Light Coalition helped her, she told her supporters in Dusseldorf on Sunday. It’s about “taking a stand and a compass in times of crisis”, “communicating honestly” and “nevertheless finding practical ways”.

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Federal Greens political director Emily Boeing also celebrated her party’s success. “What a success – one week after the best historic election result in Schleswig-Holstein, now also in the most populous state in North Rhine-Westphalia,” Bonning wrote on Twitter. “It shows that people want us to rule the Green Party.” Mona Newport congratulated all the activists.

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The chairwoman of the Green Party’s parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Britta Haselmann, hopes that the FDP will succeed in entering the NRW state parliament. “Tonight I hope the FDP will remain in the parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia as a democratic force,” said ARD’s Haselmann. Hasselmann was very pleased with the results of her party’s elections in North Rhine-Westphalia.

“It is clear to us tonight that this is a great evening.” The state’s Greens will come from a loss in the last state election in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is hard to gauge the meaning of success after the big victory in the Schleswig-Holstein election a week ago. “We have a clear progress program, and we want to keep working on it,” Haselman said of the Traffic Lights Coalition with the SPD and the FDP in the federal government.

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