Sarah-Lee Heinrich and Timon Dzienus are at the helm of the Green Youth for another year. They were confirmed in office on Saturday at a federal congress in Bielefeld, as announced by the youth organization of the Greens. The so-called federal spokesman of the Green Youth are elected for a period of one year and can be re-elected once according to the statutes. For Heinrich (21) and Dzienus (26) it is the last term of office.
In her application speech, Heinrich called for more decisive crisis measures from the traffic light government, such as a rent cap and an excess profit tax. The government too often lags behind the burdens. "When, if not this winter, is a better time to introduce a nationwide rent cap," she emphasized.
The current traffic light policy is insufficient. "Our task is to take to the streets together with our allies this autumn and winter and say: Enough is enough!" declared Heinrich. However, it is not enough to demand the appropriate relief for every coming crisis. "Because if we don't want to fight crisis after crisis, then we have to dare to question the system that, with its excessive exploitation of people and nature, is constantly throwing us into new crises."
Dzienus called for a more consistent climate protection policy and called for the socialization of energy companies. "People's basic needs are not good for corporate profits," he argued. At the same time, he particularly criticized Transport Minister Volker Wissing's (FDP) "lack of ambition" when it came to climate protection. He missed his goals with a bang and then prevented the extension of the 9-euro ticket. The federal and state governments are currently negotiating the financing of a local transport ticket for the whole of Germany - but it is already clear that it will cost between 49 and 69 euros a month.
The around 700 participants in the federal congress campaigned in their leading motion for the continuation of the 9-euro ticket and called for the suspension of the debt brake for 2023. This was the only way to finance the necessary expenditure in the crisis, they argued.
The Green Youth is close to the left wing of the party and has more than 18,000 members. Of the 118 Green MPs in the newly elected Bundestag, 27 are representatives of the youth organization.