"There used to be more tinsel": The stable guard party of Baden-Württemberg is one of the biggest summer festivals in the capital. Most of the time, the celebrity density is extremely high - but this time the FDP leader is thwarting the Greens' plans.
Berlin (dpa / lsw) - After a two-year Corona break, it's rising again: the traditional stable guard party of the Baden-Württemberg state representation in Berlin. Up to 1500 guests from politics, business and society are expected to come. The Green Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck is expected as a star guest. As if to underline the rapprochement between the Greens and the Union in many federal states, the CDU chairman Friedrich Merz also came. The 66-year-old from Sauerland and economics expert has many fans in the south-west - in the CDU and in companies. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) has announced that she will represent the SPD.
On the other hand, Ampel Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) is said to have canceled because of the marriage of Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner. Compared to previous festivals, it is striking that it will be very political and hardly any celebrities from the cultural scene will appear. The pop musician Joris, who once studied at the Pop Academy in Mannheim, will appear later in the evening. Nevertheless, some federal politicians from the southwest find: "There used to be more tinsel."
Host Winfried Kretschmann will have plenty of familiar faces to greet, as traditionally many ministers and members of the state parliament travel from the south-west. It remains to be seen whether the green head of government will shake hands with everyone, because the corona numbers are rising again. Host Rudi Hoogvliet, Berlin listening post for Kretschmann, also asked the guests to voluntarily be tested for Covid-19 before the event.
Kretschmann uses his stay in Berlin to get to know Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) and wants to tell him that Baden-Württemberg needs more money for buses and trains. The last meeting of the Federal Council is scheduled for Friday. Speaking of which: the stable guard party was originally in the middle of the parliamentary summer recess, but for some time now it has been taking place just before it. It's been celebrated since 1964. Back then in Bonn, everything was a little smaller: around 70 employees who had to keep "stable guard" came to red sausages and Trollinger.