From the private home debate to his relationship with former Chancellor Schröder: “Green” politician Jürgen Trittin answered questions from Markus Lanz. It got loud on the first topic.
A “Spiegel” interview with Green Party leader Anton Hofreiter caused a stir last week. The reason: Hofreiter had expressed skepticism about building new homes. Afterwards, his party was forced to reject allegations that they were aiming for a blanket home ownership ban.
A few weeks before the state elections in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, Hofreiter had delivered a veritable “communicative super-disaster” with his statements about homes, said Lanz in his broadcast. He wanted to know from Trittin: “Why does this happen to a professional?”
The Green, however, was calm and took his party colleagues unreservedly under protection: “It is wrong that the Greens, as the ‘Spiegel’ claimed, want to ban own homes – a lie,” he stated simply. “Toni is being beaten for a position that is practiced locally in many places,” continued Trittin.
The European” magazine, Wolfram Weimer, spoke up in the studio with the comment that Hofreiter had nevertheless clearly revealed that he took an anti-home stance, Trittin was loud.
The Greens didn’t say that and they don’t want that either.” An “own goal” for the Greens was “the thing with the home”, insisted Lanz.
Trittin criticizes former Chancellor Schröder for Rostneft post
But Thursday evening wasn’t just about Trittin’s contemporary political colleagues. In connection with a debate about the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a potential leverage for his release, the language turned to former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Trittin was Federal Environment Minister under him until 2005.
Journalist Weimer therefore suggested to the Greens that he should convince the former chancellor to call Putin and encourage him to release Navalny so that the pipeline would work. “You have good contact with Gerhard Schröder,” said Weimer.
The reason: Schröder, as chairman of the supervisory board of the Russian state-owned company Rosneft, is committed to the welfare of the Russian state, he said.
“He knows that I think it’s fundamentally wrong”
And also noted: “He knows that I think it is fundamentally wrong that a former German Chancellor is committed to the welfare of Russia.” Lanz promptly wanted to know what Schröder was saying about this criticism.
Trittin’s answer: “We have some differences and then we just have to live with the difference.” He also had the impression that Schröder was stuck in his attitude in this regard.
Nonetheless, the Green also made it clear about his relationship with the former Chancellor: “I’m still happy that we can still talk to each other.”
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