BERLIN (Reuters) – The German Greens on Thursday appointed co-leader Annalena Baerbock as foreign minister in the next government and confirmed that they would nominate Robert Habeck as vice-chancellor and economy minister responsible for climate policy.
The appointments, along with those for other ministerial posts, were made on Thursday at the start of a consultation process with members of the Greens to ratify the coalition agreement the party has reached with the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Free Democrats (FDP).
Baerbock is said to be Germany’s first female foreign minister.
The Greens have appointed Cem Ozdemir, a former party leader, as Minister of Agriculture. The son of a worker in a textile factory and of a teacher who came as a guest in the 1960s, he was to be the first member of three million Turks of German origin to serve as federal minister.
The three coalition partners unveiled their vision on Wednesday on how to advance a green transition in Europe’s largest economy, accelerate digitization and introduce liberal social policies.
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The Greens have also proposed Anne Spiegel, a senior party official, as Minister for Families and Steffi Lemke as Minister for the Environment.
The three parties have written in their coalition agreement how they will divide the ministerial posts.
The results of the 125,000-member Green’s 10-day vote on the coalition deal are expected during the first weekend in December, around the time the SPD and FDP plan to ratify the deal. This would mean that Olaf Scholz of the SPD could succeed Angela Merkel and become chancellor in the week of December 6.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Thomas Escritt; editing by Paul Simao)
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