The Greens welcome the agreement reached by Ampel and the Union on a special fund for the Bundeswehr anchored in the Basic Law. Party leader Nouripour denies that there was any trouble in the round of negotiations on Sunday evening.
Green leader Omid Nouripour has defended the decision on the Bundeswehr's special assets. "It's a compromise. We've moved, others have moved too," Nouripour told ntv.
He pointed out that there was agreement that cyber security, civil protection and support for partner countries must have priority in the 21st century. "This is the political agreement that additional money must now be spent on this." Interior Minister Nancy Faeser must now present a strategy for cyber security and civil protection, Finance Minister Christian Lindner must ensure funding. He assumes that the Green Group will support the decision, said Nouripour. "This compromise is acceptable."
Nouripour contradicted reports that there had been trouble between the traffic light representatives during the negotiations on Sunday evening and that Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had not returned from consultations with her party. "There was no gossip." A provisional conclusion had been reached and all those involved had withdrawn to consult their parliamentary groups. The Greens would have acted just like the SPD, FDP and the Union. "And then in the end you got back together and it was over. It's a normal process, everything else is just rumours." Baerbock was there again. "Of course she was back. I don't understand at all what the ideas are."
Participants in the talks on Sunday evening had previously said that Baerbock had asked after the end of the talks to wait another half hour before publishing the results of the negotiations so that she could telephone her party beforehand. While this conversation was going on and the other negotiators were waiting for the foreign minister to return, the press office of the Federal Ministry of Finance had inadvertently announced the decision. Baerbock then did not return to the round. Nothing has been heard from her since then, according to participants.
However, Baerbock had already said on Deutschlandfunk in the morning that the agreement on the special fund was an important step. As demanded by the CDU and CSU, the funds totaling 100 billion euros should go to the Bundeswehr alone. Measures to protect against digital attacks demanded by the Greens should not be financed from the special fund, but from the federal budget.