No bread buffet – the CDU knows that something is in the bush
The green-black coalition in the Hamburg district of Eimsbüttel is history. The Greens declared it a failure on Sunday evening. Quite as suddenly as this step may seem, it probably did not happen. The cooperation was under difficult circumstances right from the start. The Eimsbüttler CDU district faction meets on Sunday morning, when the Greens have long known that it will pop in the evening. While the Union people are discussing at their parliamentary group meeting which applications they would like to introduce in the near future, the eco party is already preparing the exit. A few hours later, green-black in Eimsbüttel is history. Eimsbüttel: Green-Black coalition began with a scandal
But back to the beginning. At first, according to statements from those involved, things did not go badly between the rather unequal coalition partners. In 2019, the two parties merged under Green leadership in Eimsbüttel. But after the initial euphoria, the relationship soon cracked. The coalition tried twice to put its green candidate Katja Husen at the head of the district office. Although the two parties have a total of 28 seats, it was never enough for the required majority of 26 votes. It is a bit like if the traffic light parties at the federal level let Olaf Scholz fail in the election for Chancellor. To this day, the district office is led by SPD member Kay Gätgens. But the frustration grew over time, according to green participants – and ultimately led to a break in the coalition. The CDU contradicts and asserts that it did not see any of this coming. A battle of interpretation over the real reasons for failure has long broken out. This is how the Greens justify the end of the coalition
The Greens’ version goes like this: Serious cooperation with the Christian Democrats is simply not possible, agreements have not been kept. That dragged on for months. A recent example that reflects the refusal of the CDU: Suddenly the CDU no longer agreed to a joint motion in the district assembly to standardize name tags (!) For the members of the parliament (from now on you could have done without the Mr. or Mrs. before the name) want. Three members of the CDU would then have simply left the district assembly when voting. According to the Greens, the problem should stem from the fact that the CDU parliamentary group was at odds between the liberal and right-wing conservative camp. With the right-wing conservative camp, to which the new CDU district chairman Philipp Heissner is counted, it is particularly difficult. The green co-parliamentary group leader Ali Mir Agha complained to the MOPO “lack of unity within the CDU”.When the CDU delegation showed up in the evening for the regular informal coalition round in the Greens office with the best of intentions, it quickly became known that something was going on, reports one participant. Otherwise there was always bread, but this time the green hosts had waived food.
The reactions to the break range from disappointment to anger. “The justification of the Greens is a completely unbelievable smoke candle,” said district chief Philipp Heissner (CDU) of the MOPO. Only once in the past few months had the Greens approached him at party chairman level because there was a problem with the vote on a motion. Shortly afterwards, the problem was eliminated. “We haven’t received a call since then”. Certainly not every application went through silently, but that is part of every coalition. If you talk to different politicians from the CDU, you are of the opinion that you have accommodated the Greens in the coalition to the limit of pain and beyond. CDU does not know why the Greens no longer want them
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The fact that the Greens nevertheless terminated the coalition cannot really be explained. Some speculate that the CDU could now also be dropped in the district where black-green is no longer an issue at the federal level. It is also pointed out that the majority of the Greens have recently become more fragile because of the fact that the Greens left the parliamentary group. Maybe that made the Greens nervous. Assumptions that the Greens contradict, of course. Start your day well informed: the MOPO news alarm clock delivers the most important news of the day from Hamburg and the north, from HSV and FC St. Pauli directly by email every morning at 7 a.m. Click here and subscribe for free.
The CDU’s narrative is somewhat contradicted by the fact that even the opposition parties want to have noticed the disharmony of the coalition. “It was very stressful to see how a CDU minority continuously torpedoed the working atmosphere in the Eimsbüttler district assembly,” said Mikey Kleinert, spokesman for the left-wing parliamentary group in Eimsbüttel. According to its boss Milan Pein, the SPD missed a common foundation for the now divorced coalitionists.
What’s next in Eimsbüttel?
But despite the political quake, it could be that not so much will change in concrete politics at first. The Greens want to moderate parliamentary work in the future in the form of changing majorities.The Greens have a huge interest in profiling themselves as the ruling party in Hamburg and in presenting themselves as an alternative to the SPD. The CDU, on the other hand, is dependent on every spark of power in this city – if it is enough for the opposition in the citizenry.