Carsten Sieling announces the red-green-red "departure" and then steps down as mayor after all. And what else is important in the coalition agreement?
Announcement in Bremen’s city hall: The representatives of the Greens, SPD and Left (from left to right) Photo: dpa
For SPD state chairwoman Sascha Aulepp, it is a "vision," for Hermann Kuhn, state spokesman for the Greens, a "miracle": the red-green-red coalition agreement. After only three weeks of negotiations, it was presented to the public on Monday in remarkable cross-party harmony.
What was agreed?
At the top of the wish list is the new construction and expansion of (all-day) schools and daycare centers and better staffing for them, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods. By 2023, at least 60 percent of under-threes in their district are to have a childcare place. The energy-efficient refurbishment of public buildings is now also a priority. In addition, 10,000 apartments are to be built, and municipal land is only to be leased or developed by the city itself, not sold to investors. The number of social housing units is to be increased again, to 8,000. Children and young people are to be able to go to the open-air swimming pool more cheaply and ride the bus and train free of charge if they come from precarious backgrounds. Collective bargaining agreements are to be strengthened, the state minimum wage is to be increased and, in case of doubt, businesses are to be forced to pay into a training fund if companies do not provide training.
The police and judiciary will be given more personnel, but no new powers, i.e. no "state Trojans. It was already known that the city center is to be car-free by 2030. In addition, Red-Green-Red wants to pressure the local energy supplier swb to shut down its coal-fired piles by 2023. And: From now on, all decisions are subject to a "climate proviso," as the Greens emphasize.
What only is being examined?
The idea of free local transport for all Bremen residents, like the competing idea of a 365-euro annual ticket based on the Viennese model, has only made it onto the list of test orders. The same applies to a rent cap, as planned by the red-red-green state government in Berlin.
Who is going to pay for all this?
Red-Green-Red agrees that more has been decided than can be created and paid for in four years. We will "start in part," says Hermann Kuhn, and there is also a ten-part priority list. 80 million euros of the debt should be repaid per year, the planned school and Kitaneubauten therefore the Gewoba and Brebau pay and then rent to Bremen. Despite all the demonstrative unity, conflicts lurk here. The upcoming budget discussions will therefore be "second coalition negotiations," Kuhn predicts.
Who will do what?
The parties may now decide on this alone. After yesterday’s resignation of Mayor Carsten Sieling, the newly elected parliamentary group leader Andreas Bovenschulte will probably become President of the Senate and Senator for Culture. Claudia Bogedan as education and Ulrich Maurer as interior senator are considered set, the confusedly newly created department of justice, science and ports gets Claudia Schilling from Bremerhaven.
For the Greens, Anja Stahmann will probably remain Senator for Social Affairs and top candidate Maike Schaefer will take over the Building and Environment portfolio. Dietmar Strehl, the current State Councillor, is under discussion as Green Finance Senator. For the Left Party, Kristina Vogt will probably be the Senator for Economics, Labor and Europe, and Claudia Bernhard will be the Senator for Health, Women and Consumer Protection. In total, there will be nine instead of eight senators, plus 15 state councillors.
Will Bremen now become a model for the federal government with R2G?
"Not likely," says Hermann Kuhn of the Green Party. And the Left Party finds the question "secondary.