Free education and low voting age: Greens adopt policy program

Updated November 22, 2020, 9:03 p.m.

  • After a three-day online party conference, the Greens decide on new guidelines.
  • Some key points: Unconditional basic income as the main idea, lowering the voting age, free education.

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It took countless votes, speeches from delegates’ living rooms and a lot of overtime – but on Sunday afternoon the three-day digital Green Party Congress adopted a new basic program, the fourth in four decades. This is not about detailed demands for the federal election in autumn 2021, they will only be decided in the coming year. The basic program with the title “To respect and protect – change creates stability” is intended valid for the next 15 to 20 years stay. Some key points:

Climate: 1.5 degree target

The “central basis” for the policy of the Greens are the Paris Climate Agreement and the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5 degree goal. It’s about that Limit global warming to 1.5 degrees compared to the pre-industrial age. According to experts, the risks of severe damage to the ecosystem would be significantly lower at 1.5 degrees than at 2 degrees global warming, but many consider this to be hardly achievable – and politicians would have to step up the pace of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Parts of the grassroots and the climate protection movement had demanded a stronger commitment to the 1.5 degree target from the Greens.

Free schools and daycare centers

From their blanket rejection of the Genetic engineering in agriculture move the greens a bit away. You now emphasize that “freedom of research must be guaranteed” in this area too. “The focus is not on the technology, but on its opportunities, risks and consequences.”

Schools and daycare centers should be free, Moreover Learning aids for learners and teachersincluding digital devices, required software and internet access. End devices can be tablets or laptops, for example. In addition, there should be a non-repayable state education grant that is independent of parents, age and benefits.

Clearly lower voting age

The Voter should also decrease in the federal government, without a clear definition of how far. The Greens want to “gradually reduce electoral hurdles, significantly lower the voting age and expand further participation opportunities at all levels“.

People should work in citizens’ councils to develop recommendations on specific issues that the government and parliament then deal with, but which are not binding on them.

Orientation towards the unconditional basic income

The “Garantiesicherung” should replace Hartz IV from the perspective of the Greens. “It protects against poverty and guarantees the socio-cultural subsistence level without sanctions,” it says. The security should “apply without further conditions to every person whose own financial means are insufficient” – that is, it should not be paid unconditionally. Nevertheless, the Greens also declare: “We are guided by the Central idea of ​​an unconditional basic income.”

The Greens emphasize the role of Police to protect security and fundamental rights, but also underline: “She needs one Discrimination-sensitive education and training, good facilities and sufficient staff – in the city and in the country – as well as independent police officers. “

Economy: Orientation towards the common good

The goal for the Greens is one “social-ecological market economy”. For the party, this includes an orientation towards the common good. Growth, efficiency, competition and innovation are not goals in themselves but “means to an end”. “Economic growth is not the problem per se, but the overuse of natural resources and the exploitation of human labor that go hand in hand with growth pressures is.”

The Greens themselves want more diverse and have therefore spoken out in favor of a new party statute – the formal vote must be in writing. However, they waive fixed quotas for people with disabilities or a migrant background. Instead, it says: “Our aim is to represent socially discriminated or disadvantaged groups, at least in accordance with their social share at the respective level.” (ash / dpa)


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