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"My imagination does not reach far enough to see a Green/Black coalition in the Bundestag."

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"My imagination does not reach far enough to see a Green/Black coalition in the Bundestag."

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Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Green candidate in the upcoming German elections taken from an interview with euronews reporter Sigrid Ulrich.

Sigrid Ulrich , euronews:

“Germany is number one in environmental ratings (Environmental Rating Agency), Angela Merkel’s conservative government has decided to do an “energy transition”, two-thirds of waste is being recycled – why would Germany still need the Greens any more ? “

Katrin Göring -Eckardt , top candidate of Allianz 90/Die Grünen:

“Well, to be honest, it starts with the fact that the energy transition, the Renewable Energy Act, has been introduced by a Red-Green government. And now it is moving in the wrong direction. We produce as much power by coal as the early 90s and our CO2 emissions increase – and do not decrease, as we have actually been promising in international agreements for a long time. And if you want to do the energy transition well – as half of the Germans asked in polls are convinced – that does not work with a Black-Yellow government (CDU-CSU/FDP ).”

euronews:

“And a Black/Green coalition would work better ? “

Göring- Eckardt :

“It’s better to have a coalition that really wants it and I see that CDU/CSU in fact does not. Environmental minister Peter Altmaier, comes from the CDU and therefore we really need a change of government.”

euronews:

“Well, a Black/Green coalition would also mean a change …. “

Göring- Eckardt :

“No, because the CDU would continue with the wrong policies, with an “energy revival” in the direction of fossil fuels. We have to make sure now to go towards 100 percent renewable energy, forcefully and with determination, with great passion and – in the truest sense of the word – energy. We can manage that till 2030, but not with the conservatives in the government.”

euronews:

“Within the Greens there is a discussion going on – your partner SPD is stagnating in the polls – what will you do if there is no majority for Red-Green. Daniel Cohn -Bendit has advised you to think about alternatives … “

Göring- Eckardt :

“Alternatives mean to think about the content of your basic policies. Could we form a refugee policy with the CDU/CSU who today say: Germany is overwhelmed, because a few more asylum seekers are coming here? Can we form a government with parties like the CDU and the CSU, whose family policies just go in a different direction? They have introduced a childcare allowance instead of nursery places. Could we form a government with the CDU/CSU whose “energy transition” goes back to fossil fuels? The last general election having been made a vote about nuclear power plants being given a longer life? Nobody knows whether all that will come back again .

And I think a federal government has to be stable and has to work in one direction. By constantly moving back and forth you won’t achieve anything. My imagination actually does not reach far enough to see a Green/Black coalition in the Bundestag.”