Forming a government in NRW: Greens choose Wüst

Black-Green confirms Hendrik Wüst as Prime Minister. There is excitement about the Catholic hardliner Liminski as a possible school minister.

Wust with his wife and little daughter

Came to the state parliament with his wife Katharina and daughter Philippa: Hendrik Wüst

BOCHUM taz | At 2:46 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the new black-green government alliance in North Rhine-Westphalia was in place. 106 of the 195 members of the state parliament confirmed the Christian Democrat Hendrik Wüst, who previously governed with the support of the FDP, in office. 98 votes would have been necessary.

Wüst did not have the support of all parliamentarians in his new black-green coalition: In the Düsseldorf state parliament, the CDU has 76 seats, the Greens have 39. The CDU was missing four MPs due to corona and the Greens reported one case of illness. Nevertheless, at least four parliamentarians of the government alliance must have voted against Wüst.

Black-green is new territory for NRW. For a long time, the largest federal state with its 18 million people was governed by either red-green or black-yellow coalitions. But after the state elections on May 15 by the CDU with 35.7 and the Greens was won with 18.2 percenttwo party conferences on Saturday agreed to a coalition agreement negotiated in almost four weeks of talks.

Wüst does not want to present his complete cabinet until Wednesday afternoon. It remains unclear which eight Christian Democrats will become ministers in the future. Apparently, Wüst feared that those disappointed in the election for prime minister could vote against him. But the is considered set former CDU interior minister Herbert Reul, the the repressive North Rhine-Westphalian police and assembly laws responsible. The previous Health and Labor Minister Karl-Josef Laumann should also remain a member of the cabinet.

Excitement about Liminski

On the other hand, speculation that the former head of the State Chancellery, Nathanael Liminski, could become the new Minister for Schools and Education is causing a stir – because the 36-year-old is valid many as an ultra-Catholic hardliner: To support the now resigned Pope Joseph Ratzinger, at the age of 22 he founded the “Generation Benedict”, which today as the “Initiative Pontifex” wants to “re-catholize” Germany and fights against the self-determination of women.

The initiative expressly “welcomes” the fact that the US Supreme Court overturned the right to attrition last week – and hopes that the judgment will give “tailwind to the protection of unborn life in Germany”.

As a young adult, Liminski himself advocated chastity before marriage as well as “marital fidelity” as the drug of choice against HIV. On the other hand, he does not consider homosexuality “a perfect form of sexuality” – after all, the “dimension of reproduction is missing,” he explained in 2007 on the TV talk show Sandra Maischbergers.

Alfonso Pantisano, head of the German Lesbian and Gay Association, warns against breaking a taboo. “Worth nothing” is the rainbow of the North Rhine-Westphalia Greens if they allow the “homophobic Nathanael Liminski to become school minister”, he wrote on Twitter. “Someone like Nathanael Lininski, with his radically Christian ideas, shouldn’t determine a country’s education policy,” said Philipp Möller, the chairman of the Central Council of Non-denominationalists New Osnabrück newspaper.

“You don’t really make a religious fundamentalist Minister of Education in NRW,” asked Martina Renner, member of the Bundestag for the Left Party, the Greens. However, their federal parliamentarian Konstantin von Notz was already behind Liminski: “If someone is accused of wanting to take on political responsibility even though they are Catholic, then that is the very last thing and it is not possible!” He wrote on Twitter – and reaped the rewards massive criticism on his part.

Neubaur probably responsible for economy and climate

It will be clear on Wednesday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. whether Liminiski will actually become NRW school minister. The four ministers of the Greens, whose names are already known, are also to be sworn in. The green state election top candidate Mona Neubaur is considered the designated super minister for economy, industry, climate and energy.

Oliver Krischer, who comes from Düren near Aachen, is coming back to Düsseldorf for the environment, nature conservation and transport: Krischer is still State Secretary in Robert Habeck’s Berlin Federal Ministry of Economics. Josefine Paul, previously co-head of the state parliamentary group, will become Minister for Family and Integration. And the Ministry of Justice is to be taken over by Benjamin Limbach, son of the former Federal Constitutional Court President Jutta Limbach.

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