Representatives of the Greens, FDP, SPD and Union negotiated again on Sunday evening about the special assets for the Bundeswehr. The politicians apparently agreed. But when the Federal Ministry of Finance published a corresponding paper, chaos broke out among the Greens.
Representatives of the SPD, FDP, Greens and Union met late on Sunday evening in the government quarter to negotiate again about the special fund. Among them were Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP), Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens), Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) and CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt.
After several hours, there is said to have been a consensus at around 10 p.m., with which all negotiators agreed. But the Greens were apparently by no means in agreement. As FOCUS Online learned from participants, the paper that informed about the “successfully ended” talks about the special fund was accidentally published by participants in the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) – whereupon chaos broke out among the Greens. As FOCUS Online learned, the Greens discussed with their own people until late at night, which is no wonder, because the Union’s Greens had to give way on the crucial question of what exactly the 100 billion could be used for.
Actually, it is said, the Green Foreign Minister assured her negotiating partners that she was “handshake-proof”. After the Greens, FDP, SPD and Union agreed on a formulation for the special fund and a press release was pre-formulated, each side of the negotiation should have been given half an hour to bring their own people up to date. In this way, it should be avoided that the key functionaries of the parties find out about the news from the press.
But as FOCUS Online learned, Baerbock was not enough for 30 minutes. Five minutes before the end of the deadline, participants in the Green Party are said to have asked for more time to talk to their party. The problem: Participants of the BMF are said to have already sent a message at the moment, which informed about the agreement between the traffic light and the Union.
At the press conference on Monday, Lindner said of the communication with his government colleagues: “The fact is that we have agreed on a time when everyone gets their feedback from the party leadership. Ms. Baerbock took a little longer than the agreed 30 minutes, so we extended it by 20 minutes. At 10:52 p.m. we then issued the joint statement.”
The corresponding paper is available to FOCUS Online. It says: “Together we will ensure that the Bundeswehr will be strengthened in the coming years with additional investments of 100 billion euros.” The so-called two percent target of NATO will be achieved on average over several years.
An initiative to accelerate procurement will be launched immediately and before the parliamentary summer recess. Necessary measures for cyber security, civil protection and the upgrading and stabilization of partners should therefore be financed from the federal budget.
For weeks there had been no agreement between the participants in the discussion. The main reason for this was the wording that was intended to determine what the 100 billion euros could be spent on.
While the Union insisted that the money could be spent on the “Bundeswehr” or alternatively on the “Armed Forces”, the Greens tried to extend the term to “alliance and defense”. Any measures such as cyber security should be financed with the help of the special fund.
The fact that the Foreign Minister and her people had to give in to the Union on a crucial point will not go down well with the Greens anyway. When the paper on the corresponding agreement was published before the final release, chaos is said to have finally broken out.
On Monday, however, Green leader Omid Nouripor did not want to leave the impression that the Greens had caved in at the negotiating table. His party will pay very close attention to this and will work to ensure that there is a cyber strategy as soon as possible so that it is clear how much money is needed in this area, Nouripour said on Monday in Berlin. “Because if we put the money into the Bundeswehr, but our hospitals are not protected against hacker attacks, for example, we will have major security gaps that we cannot afford.”
However, when it comes to the dispute over the use of the money, it has now been agreed that measures for cyber security, civil protection and the stabilization of partner countries will also be taken – but “financed from the federal budget”, i.e. not from the special fund. The Union had insisted that the special fund be used exclusively for the Bundeswehr. The Greens in particular wanted the money to be used to finance cyber defense and support for partner countries.