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"Word can be associated negatively" : 300 Greens want to delete “Germany” from the election manifesto

The Greens bosses Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck proudly held their election program in front of the camera in mid-March. They had just presented the draft to the Federal Executive Board for just under an hour. 136 pages thick and the two bosses were full of praise: "With this federal election program we are presenting a vitamin shot for this country," said Habeck.

But at the grassroots level, which the Greens traditionally have a say in the election manifesto, not everything in the draft goes down really well. More than 3,500 amendments were received by the deadline last Friday. In the federal executive committee, the enthusiasm for discussion among the base had been observed with mixed feelings. "It will be a demanding party conference," said Habeck on Monday.

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He is likely to be right, because there are even three amendments to the title of the program, which has hitherto been called "Germany. Everything is in it". Two are calling for the term "Germany" to be deleted. Michael Sebastian Schneiß wrote one of them, he works for the European MP of the Greens Erik Marquardt. His reasoning is very brief: "At the center of our politics is people in their dignity and freedom. And not Germany."

But more than 300 Green members have joined his application. Including a noticeable number of elected representatives from the Berlin House of Representatives and district assemblies, such as Daniel Wesener, Georg Kössler, June Tomiak, Turgut Altug, Stefan Ziller and Katrin Schmidberger.

CDU, CSU and FDP criticize the proposal

"There are better words to describe our vision," says Juliana Wimmer. She is running for the Berlin Greens in the federal elections and also supports the amendment, as well as a good 30 others. Wimmer thinks it would be better if "Germany" were replaced by "green", as she would rather associate it with design standards.

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The Berlin state executive did not want to comment on the application. Motions that are not initiated by the state board and relate to the federal delegates' conference are generally not commented on, a spokesman for the state association told Tagesspiegel. The state board itself had initiated an application to create federal law options for a rent cap. Party leader Habeck had commented negatively on this.

There was mockery and criticism from other parties. "The Greens are against Germany, but want to be elected and rule here !?", FDP General Secretary Volker Wiesing wrote on Twitter. Gordon Hoffmann, Secretary General of the CDU in Brandenburg also responded on Twitter: "If the Greens are so ashamed of Germany - why do they want to govern Germany?"

CSU General Secretary Markus Blume became even clearer. He accused the Greens of a "disturbed relationship with the fatherland" and wrote: "Want to govern without a commitment to the country - what's next?"

In a second motion, which also wants to delete the word "Germany", which is supported by 25 members, the reasoning states: "The title is meaningless." The title would at most fit the AfD, writes the initiator. And further: "In addition, the word Germany can be associated very negatively. Germany could be interpreted in the direction of" Germany above everything "or" Germany first "à la Trump."

Juliana Wimmer protests that she is not ashamed of Germany. "Of course I'm not saying that I don't want to read or hear the word" Germany "anywhere," she says. She does not criticize the other 113 places in the draft of the program where "Germany" stands. In the end, Wimmer sees a strength in the grassroots democracy of her party, which is how you get the best result. She is amazed at the reactions of the other parties: "I would not have thought that the other parties would deal so intensively with our program."

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