Previously, extraordinary state party conferences of both parties had approved the draft almost unanimously. There was a dissenting vote among the Social Democrats and an abstention among the left. At the meeting of the SPD in Wismar there was only one negative vote out of 100 votes. The left had also given the green light in Güstrow for the draft of the 77-page contract. There was one abstention from 79 votes in favor. The nomination of Simone Oldenburg and Jaqueline Bernhardt as education and justice ministers was unanimously approved.
Young Socialists look forward to the red-red coalition
At the SPD party congress, Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) campaigned for approval of the contract in a 45-minute speech. In it she had once again conjured up the triad of a strong economy with good wages, social justice and ecological responsibility, which will be the focus of the new five-year legislative period. Numerous speakers explained why they wanted to approve the contract. Among others, the chairman of the Young Socialists MV, Johannes Barsch, welcomed the future coalition almost euphorically.
Few critical voices
Meanwhile, one delegate criticized the fact that the Left, as the successor party to the SED, was responsible for persecuting politically dissenting people, but that this was “softened” in the coalition agreement. One delegate complained that the climate and science policy goals were “unambitious”. After the coalition agreement was approved, Schwesig and Secretary General Julian Barlen cut two large strawberry cream cakes and distributed the pieces to the delegates.
“We mustn’t screw up this historic opportunity”
“The left is capable of governing, and the left is also willing to govern,” said the parliamentary group leader of the left in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch, in Güstrow. “It’s an opportunity for us.” Above all, it is an opportunity for the country. Group leader Oldenburg had called for the coalition agreement to be filled with life. “We mustn’t screw up this historic opportunity.”
Schwesig is standing for re-election on Monday
On Monday, Schwesig will stand for re-election in the state parliament and appoint her cabinet immediately afterwards. The SPD won the state elections on September 26th with 39.6 percent. After 15 years in the opposition, the left again suffered losses and landed at 9.9 percent. In the state parliament, the red-red coalition has a majority of 43 of the 79 seats. For the past 15 years, the SPD had ruled in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with the CDU. From 1998 to 2006 there was the first red-red government in Schwerin: For two legislative periods, the SPD worked together with the PDS, from which the Left later emerged.