Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) has criticized the appearance of the traffic light government. "I'm not satisfied with the federal government either," he said on Sunday evening on the ARD program "Anne Will" when it was pointed out that many people were dissatisfied with the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). In doing so, he differentiated between the political achievements themselves and the "freestyle" such as communication.
A spokesman for the federal government emphasized on Monday that the government was very satisfied with the "duty", the craft. "The federal government steered this country through a very difficult situation last winter." At the same time, many laws were introduced. "All parties involved are very satisfied" with the obligation.
Habeck also emphasized: "The current account is not only decent, it is large." This is how the government led Germany safely through the winter, avoided a gas shortage and got electricity and gas prices down. Energy and food prices have also fallen significantly.
Habeck: Didn't shine in the freestyle
"But of course we didn't shine in the freestyle, i.e. in the appearance of the government. Nobody can say that," said Habeck, also against the background of the internal government disputes about the heating law. "You can't be satisfied there."
The red-green-yellow coalition struggled for weeks to deal with the controversial law on replacing old oil and gas heating systems. It was now the first reading in the Bundestag. Before a decision with the third reading, the law is to be changed significantly.
In the past three to four weeks, the government has "digged its way out of the hole" in which it was stuck, said Habeck. The remaining questions about the heating law can be answered. "Everyone is working flat out to get legally clean texts," said the minister. Now come the laws. "We presented the immediate climate protection program, we presented the climate protection law," he cited examples.
Criticism also from Hofreiter
The Green politician Anton Hofreiter agreed with Habeck's criticism of the federal government and also located many problems with Chancellor Scholz. There are a whole range of aspects where one cannot be satisfied with the federal government, Hofreiter said on Monday in the RTL / ntv "early start". There is too much arguing, "and you can tell on various issues that the chancellor is simply lacking in leadership," said Hofreiter.
That was already the case a year ago when supporting Ukraine. Now, even with the difficult issue of climate protection, “the main problem lies in the chancellery”. It is of course difficult in a coalition with three different parties. However, Hofreiter saw the chancellor's office as having an obligation "to defend the agreed results, so to speak".