Berlin (dpa) – It took countless votes, speeches in delegate lounges and lots of overtime – but on Sunday afternoon the three-day Green Party Digital Congress adopted a new core program, the fourth in four decades.
These are not detailed demands for the fall 2021 federal election, they will only be decided in the coming year. The core program “Respect and Protect – Change Creates Stability” is to remain in place for the next 15-20 years. Some key points:
KLIMA: The “central basis” of Green policy is the Paris Climate Agreement and the IPCC report on the 1.5 degree target. The goal is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era. Experts say the risks of serious damage to the ecosystem would be significantly lower at 1.5 degrees than at 2 degrees of global warming, but many consider this to be difficult to achieve – and politicians should speed up reductions in carbon emissions. greenhouse gas. Part of the grassroots and the climate protection movement had demanded a stronger commitment from the Greens to the 1.5 degree target.
GENETIC ENGINEERING: The Greens are moving away from their total rejection of genetic engineering in agriculture. You now insist on the fact that “freedom of research must be guaranteed” in this area as well. “The focus is not on technology, but on its opportunities, risks and consequences.”
EDUCATION: Schools and daycares should be free, as should learning materials for learners and teachers, including digital devices, required software and internet access. End devices can be tablets or laptops, for example. In addition, there should be a non-refundable scholarship, independent of parents, age and benefits.
ELECTIONS AND CITIZENS ‘PARTICIPATION: The voting age is also set to decline in the federal government, with no clear definition of distance. The Greens want to “gradually dismantle the obstacles to voting, significantly lower the voting age and expand the possibilities for participation at all levels”.
People should work in citizens’ councils to develop recommendations on specific issues that government and parliament then deal with, but which are not binding on them.
SAFETY OF LIFE: The “guarantee of safety” should replace Hartz IV from the point of view of the Greens. “It protects against poverty and guarantees the level of socio-cultural subsistence without sanctions,” he says. The guarantee should “apply unconditionally to anyone with insufficient financial means”, that is, it should not be paid unconditionally. However, the Greens also say: “In doing so, we are guided by the guiding principle of an unconditional basic income”.
POLICE: The Greens stress the role of the police in protecting security and fundamental rights, but also stress: “They need discrimination sensitive training and continuing education, good equipment and sufficient staff – in town and in the countryside – as well as independent police officers. “
ECONOMY: For the Greens, the objective is a “socio-ecological market economy”. For the party, this includes an orientation towards the common good. Growth, efficiency, competition and innovation are not goals in themselves, but rather a means to an end. “Economic growth is not the problem in itself, but the overexploitation of natural resources and the exploitation of human labor that go hand in hand with the pressures of growth.”
DIVERSITY: The Greens themselves want to diversify and have therefore come out in favor of a new party status – the formal vote must be in writing. However, they waive fixed quotas for people with disabilities or with an immigrant background. Instead, he says: “Our aim is to represent socially discriminated or disadvantaged groups at least on the basis of their social part at the respective level.”