How Mona Neubauer wants to change NRW after state elections

State elections in North Rhine-Westphalia
Brilliant election winners: Where the Greens score – and what plans President Mona Newburgh has now

Mona Neubauer, frontrunner for the 90/The Greens Alliance

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The Greens also had reason to be happy on this election night: they scored their best electoral result in North Rhine-Westphalia. The head of the government association, Mona Nupur, is planning a “green economic miracle” for the industrialized state.

In addition to the CDU, there was another winner in the state election: The Greens managed to distinguish themselves with the largest increase in votes. Compared to the last election in 2017, the party managed to triple its share of the vote and thus achieved its best result ever in North Rhine-Westphalia. This means that the first candidate, Mona Neubauer, is close to realizing her dream of a “green economic miracle” for North Rhine-Westphalia. It wants to make the federal state the first climate-neutral industrial zone in Europe. Neubauer could now become Dusseldorf’s kingmaker.

As the previous black-yellow alliance, despite the CDU winning the election, was no longer sufficient due to the weakness of the FDP, the Green Party is now the focus of the Christian Democrats and incumbent Prime Minister Hendrik Fust as a potential coalition partner. But the SPD can form a traffic light government with a clear majority with the Greens and the Free Democratic Party.

On the evening of Election Day, Neubauer is still ignoring potential preferences. She is happy about the “leap of confidence” and talks about “a huge thing for us”. She announced that the Green Party would speak to all democratic parties.

Mona Neubauer: NRW is an industrial country at heart – and it should remain so

Born in Potems, Bavaria, Rheinlander with her choice, Neubauer, has lived in her new home in Düsseldorf since studying education, psychology and sociology — out of “complete conviction,” she says. After graduation, I initially worked in the energy industry for an alternative energy supplier.

Since then, she has also been involved with the Greens. She also worked for seven years at the party’s Heinrich Böll Foundation in North Rhine-Westphalia, from 2010 to 2014 as Managing Director. Neubauer became an active member of the party in 2005, and two years later she was already elected spokeswoman for the Düsseldorf Greens party. President of the National Assembly since 2014.

She describes the “miracle of the green economy” in North Rhine-Westphalia as a “climate, social and digital neutral” future. North Rhine-Westphalia is “the land of coal and steel, an industrial country at heart”. According to the ideas of the green politician, who loves to visit football matches in Fortuna Düsseldorf in her spare time and who says she has a weakness for Düsseldorf mustard, it should remain that way – but driven by renewable energies and clean technologies.

Find out in which alliance we can implement the greenest content

On Sunday, Neubauer and the North Rhine-Westphalia Green Party benefited from the exodus of former SPD and CDU voters – as well as from their party’s nationalist current. On the campaign trail, she noted that the “political style” of ministers in the Berlin traffic lights coalition had helped the Green Party, says Neubauer in Düsseldorf. It’s about “taking a stand and a compass in times of crisis”, “communicating honestly” and “nevertheless finding practical ways”.

State elections in North Rhine-Westphalia: the star-studded election winners: where the Greens score - and what plans President Mona Neubauer has now

What next for the Green Party? According to their political director Emily Boning, the Federal Green Party in North Rhine-Westphalia could envisage an alliance with the CDU as well as with the SPD and the Free Democratic Party. “We will now have talks in the next few days and explore (…) which coalition we can implement the greenest content in,” Boening said on ZDF Sunday night. This has priority.

The federal government is currently in a “very constructive relationship” with the Social Democrats and the Free Democratic Party. “We see at NRW that we now have an order to explore an alliance,” Bonning added. “We can imagine that with CDU as well as with SPD and FDP, depending on where we’re implementing green content.”

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Boning said the Greens had begun to “break the deadlock, to bring about a change of policy with us with the Greens”. The election result showed that voters believed the Green Party was the party that provided the answers to the most pressing questions.

France Press agency

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