After Spiegel’s resignation: Greens want a woman as new family minister – politics

The family ministry will also be headed by a female minister in the future. “It will be a woman,” says Greens leader Ricarda Lang of Anne Spiegel’s successor, who has resigned. The Greens have the right to propose traffic lights in the coalition. Your party has so far filled its cabinet posts equally, and it will continue to do so, Lang said. A proposal will be made “quickly”.

It should probably happen this week. There is “now a need to clarify this matter quickly,” Lang told RTL/ntv. “I don’t think we will deal with this issue beyond Easter.” The office is of great importance to the Greens, as it comes with “insane modernization opportunities”.

The question of the successor also plays a role in the two-day retreat of the federal executive of the Greens in Husum in Schleswig-Holstein. In fact, the focus should be on energy issues. But following Spiegel’s resignation, the Greens must now appoint a new minister just four months after the Traffic Light Coalition took office.

Research is not easy. There is already speculation about names such as former parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter or Bundestag Vice President Katrin Göring-Eckardt, who came empty-handed when the government was formed in December. In the internal logic of the party, one thing that speaks against Göring-Eckardt is that, unlike Spiegel, she is one of the realos of the party and not part of the left wing. Against Hofreiter speaks that he is a man.

The leader of the Greens’ parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Britta Haßelmann, said: “Anyone who knows the Greens knows how important the quota is for us and how important it is for women to be represented in positions of responsibility. We will also do this in the question of the decision to be examined.”

Over the past decades, the Ministry of the Family has always been led by women. The last man at the top was Heiner Geißler from 1982 to 1985. He was followed by Rita Süssmuth, Ursula Lehr, Hannelore Rönsch, Claudia Nolte, Christine Bergmann, Renate Schmidt, Ursula von der Leyen, Kristina Schröder, Manuela Schwesig, Katarina Barley, Franziska Giffey, Christine Lambrecht and finally Anne Spiegel. Future Chancellor Angela Merkel was Minister for Women and Youth from 1991 to 1994, today this part is part of the family department.

Spiegel announced her resignation on Monday after learning that in the summer of 2021, when she was Rhineland-Palatinate’s environment minister, she left for a four-week family vacation in France ten days after the flood. devastating.

Spiegel is apparently entitled to transitional compensation

The leaders of the traffic light coalition paid tribute to Spiegel for their step. For Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and his government, this was the first ministerial resignation. “I enjoyed working with Federal Minister Anne Spiegel,” said the Chancellor, whose cabinet before her resignation consisted of as many female ministers as ministers.

When she took office as Minister of Family Affairs last December, Spiegel named the fight against child poverty and the introduction of so-called basic child security as priority political objectives. Spiegel recently moved to Berlin with his family. She has no mandate in the Bundestag, but is apparently entitled to a transitional allowance. “Anyone who leaves the cabinet receives a transitional allowance of 75,600 euros after one day of office as minister,” said the vice-president of the Taxpayers’ Association, Michael Jäger. picture-Newspaper.

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