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Kretschmann sworn in as first Green premier

The Local · 12 May 2011, 14:23

Published: 12 May 2011 14:23 GMT+02:00

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Kretschmann was elected on the first poll of state representatives, receiving 73 of the 138 votes to lead a Green-Social Democrat coalition, with at least two of the votes in his favour coming from the opposition.

“I take it as my task, that it is not my task to polarise, rather to bring people together,” he said, accepting the result.

The state has been divided over the last few months by the Stuttgart 21 plans for rebuilding the city’s central station and building a new rail line, which will cost billions and involve massive construction work.

The plans brought the normally conservative citizens of Stuttgart out onto the streets in repeated, massive demonstrations which many say were then handled badly by the police and politicians.

Kretschmann has already raised some hackles in the state which is home to large swathes of the German auto industry, by saying he would like to see fewer cars being made in the region.

The Green-led government is also set on making the state nuclear free as soon as possible – and as part-owner of energy giant EnBW, should be able to have some influence on the matter.

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Although the coalition partners agree on many aims concerning education reform and budgetary matters, they are split on their attitude towards Stuttgart 21, with the Greens wanting to stop it but the Social Democrats insisting it should go ahead. A referendum will be held on it in the autumn.


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15:01 May 12, 2011 by Englishted
I glad I don't live there,I even feel sorry for those who voted non-green.

But isn't a plebiscite forbidden in Germany ?after the war .
17:52 May 12, 2011 by trash head
Why we dont have in all states of germany a change like that. Im sad i dont live there in BW :(
18:40 May 12, 2011 by EastPrussia
"saying he would like to see fewer cars being made in the region"

Yes Green party, let's take away and regulate the LARGEST industry in Germany! Less exports mean less money! Which also means less for the upper class. This guy is a communist, and I am concerned about this growing trend of Green party voters. Watch him destroy German industry.
18:50 May 12, 2011 by trash head
The LARGEST Industry of germany with 42,3 % of exports are the production of military gods. Biggest customer is the US btw.

We sell enough cars. What we need is a working internal market.

Für einen Ostpreußen aber ziemlich schlecht informiert über die finanziellen und wirtschaftlichen Hintergründe seines evtl. Heimatlandes Deutschland.
23:42 May 12, 2011 by EastPrussia
Die größten Unternehmen in Deutschland sind Volkswagen und Daimler! Ich habe noch nie eine Waffe von Volkswagen gesehen!
07:12 May 13, 2011 by neunElf
It's all downhill from here on...
10:36 May 13, 2011 by trash head
> Ich habe noch nie eine Waffe von Volkswagen gesehen!

Military gods arent only weapons - every real east prussian know this, since soldiers of prussian army send all over the world to fight for some rich butts. Military and especially war is a little bit more then producing weapons. Its a big logistical challenge, and Volkswagen produces as well as Daimler military goods for exactly this purpose.

And if you are a real prussian and not just a wannabe, then you would have known a bit abt VW's genesis back in 1937 and the important unification of leading armor holdings.

The whole germany industry owes its victory in bloody wars all over the world. The SupgerGAU for the german economy was the WW2 and the right-free time short after the end of the ww2 which allowed giant company merges and monster monopols. Audi and VW are very exemplary.

Germanys economy is all abt war and excessive export of goods, no intrnal market - The 'geiz ist geil' mentality.
11:05 May 13, 2011 by ame64

I live in BW, and a lot of people here are very worried by this "development". But on the other hand, the green party are not totally stupid. They know they need good tax money, and the big industry (Porsche, Mercedes etc.) pay quite a bit, as well as the employment.

Lets wait and see how many of the promises they made can be made true. Welcome to the real political landscape !
15:47 May 13, 2011 by Katzerina
Let's see how all that "hope and change" works out for BW...

at some point even the leftists realize that you can run out of "other" peoples money to spend.
01:24 May 17, 2011 by neunElf
The greens want something that is unattainable,

A zero growth welfare state.
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