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Germany: Baerbock is to become foreign minister

Berlin - Shortly before the official presentation of the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, the first details about the possible future cabinet of Olaf Scholz became known. According to Bild, Annalena Baerbock, head of the Greens, should become foreign minister.

Baerbock had led the Greens as the top candidate in the election campaign, but achieved a result that fell short of initial expectations. Among other things, she was accused of irregularities in her curriculum vitae, a plagiarism affair about her book and additional income that had only been reported later.

The paper also published a division of responsibilities on which the traffic light parties would have agreed in the event of a coalition.

SPD is to receive the interior and defense ministries
According to this, the SPD, which together with Scholz is the head of government and is responsible for the chancellery, receives the interior ministry, the defense ministry, building and housing, health, economic cooperation as well as labor and social affairs.

The latter will probably continue to be run by Hubertus Heil. The previous Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht is in discussion for the Ministry of the Interior.

In addition to the Federal Foreign Office, the Greens are responsible for the planned Ministry of Economy and Climate, the Ministry of Family Affairs, Agriculture and the Environment Department.

Lindner set up as finance minister
The FDP is to take over the ministries of finance, justice, transport as well as education and research. According to the report, FDP leader Christian Lindner will become finance minister.

The three parties want to present the draft for a joint coalition agreement this Wednesday afternoon. While the SPD and FDP want to vote on the coalition agreement and a future "traffic light" government at party congresses at the beginning of December, the members of the Greens should decide on this issue.

If all three parties give the green light for a joint government, Olaf Scholz could then be elected Chancellor by December 9th.

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