What red-red-green is planning in Berlin – and what the Berliners say about it – BZ Berlin

“Definitely Berlin” was their campaign motto. Now Franziska Giffey (43, SPD) wants to clear away a long-standing controversial issue in red-red-green.

By Hildburg Bruns and Sara Orlos Fernandes

“I am glad that we were able to agree on temporary and event-related video surveillance,” said the future governing mayor after the first stage of consultation with the Greens and Leftists.

BZ names the most important projects of the future coalition partners:

Voting age down

In future, young Berliners should be able to vote for the House of Representatives at the age of 16; the minimum age is currently 18.

Minimum wage high

In the case of contracts awarded by the State of Berlin, the minimum wage will be 13 euros per hour instead of 12.50 euros in the future.

Teachers became civil servants

Berlin is currently the only one of 16 federal states that does not officiate its teachers, which is why many trainee teachers are leaving. In order to prevent this, Berlin also wants to reintroduce civil servants. And: schools should become cleaner, as many parenting initiatives are calling for. Step by step, cleaning staff are to be recruited permanently into the public service.

More citizens’ office appointments

The citizens’ offices should be equipped in such a way that an appointment can be made within 14 days. Berliners currently have to wait months for an appointment.

More apartments

The next Senate wants to go higher! The famous eaves height (22 meters) is no longer the standard for new buildings. In order to develop additional building potential, it should also go to the outskirts – and speed up at junk stores such as Michaelangelostraße in Prenzlauer Berg (previously 1200 apartments only from 2029) or the development of Elisabeth-Aue, which was prevented five years ago (5000 apartments, Pankow).

View of a construction site in Berlin. Apartments are being built there (symbol picture) (Photo: picture alliance / Lothar Ferstl)
View of a construction site in Berlin. The capital urgently needs more apartments (symbol picture) (Photo: picture alliance / Lothar Ferstl)

There is simply not enough space for the 20,000 apartments required per year – but the outskirts of Tempelhofer Feld are excluded. Giffey emphasized that the principle of cooperation instead of confrontation should apply to investors and that the construction of medium-priced apartments should also be promoted


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Postpone expropriations

Giffey was against the referendum on ‘expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co.’, the left and in favor. Now it says: “We are calling a commission of experts to examine the possibilities and prerequisites for implementation. She will submit a recommendation to the Senate after one year. The initiative is involved in the appointment, but the decision is made by the Senate. “

Referendum on the expropriation of living space: empty promises and the system change as the goal (Photo: DAVIDS / Sven Darmer)
Berliners approved the referendum on the expropriation of living space (Photo: DAVIDS / Sven Darmer)

New roads

The A100 motorway will be completed as far as Treptow, but the next stage (17th construction phase) will not be advanced for at least the next five years. The tangential connection east (7.2 km between Marzahn / Köpenick) will be built including cycle and rail routes.

New subways

A tram stops at a stop (symbol picture) (Photo: picture alliance / dpa)
Berlin should get more tram routes (symbol picture) (Photo: picture alliance / dpa)

More staff is to plan the future expansion of the underground and trams and to do cost-benefit calculations.

Red-Red-Green formulated a total of 19 guidelines on how they want to change Berlin. How are things going now? The formal coalition talks are due to start on Wednesday by the end of November.

That’s what the Berliners say about red-red-green

Daniel Kapp (36), beverage supplier from Pankow has chosen a small party: “The Left or FDP are out of the question for me. The government over the past few years has been terrible. Especially this corona scare tactics
Daniel Kapp (36), beverage supplier from Pankow has chosen a small party: “The Left or FDP are out of the question for me. The government over the past few years has been terrible. Especially this corona scare tactics “(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Christiane Gillwald (68), pensioner from Hellersdorf: “I am in favor of a coalition with the FDP. We have to do more for the economy. Not enough taxes come in from start-ups alone. The left has not managed to get it done in the last few years. They invest a lot of money in culture but nobody cares about the middle class. I am in favor of a new start ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Christiane Gillwald (68), pensioner from Hellersdorf: “I am in favor of a coalition with the FDP. We have to do more for the economy. Not enough taxes come in from start-ups alone. The left has not managed to get it done in the last few years. They invest a lot of money in culture but nobody cares about the middle class. I am in favor of a new start ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Tobias M. (26), civil servant from Reinickendorf: “The government has done too little in recent years. Example rent cover or public transport. In addition to the SPD and the Greens, I would have liked to have the Free Voters with me. They are close to the citizens, speak to me ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Tobias M. (26), civil servant from Reinickendorf: “The government has done too little in recent years. Example rent cover or public transport. In addition to the SPD and the Greens, I would have liked to have the Free Voters with me. They are close to the citizens, speak to me ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Yasemin Kulaksiz (34), Sales Manager from Treptow: “I would like a change. We have been promised a lot. It shouldn't stay the way it is now. But if I had the choice, I would prefer the left to the FDP ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Yasemin Kulaksiz (34), Sales Manager from Treptow: “I would like a change. We have been promised a lot. It shouldn’t stay the way it is now. But if I had the choice, I would prefer the left to the FDP ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Christian G. (35), civil servant from Lichtenberg: “A decision between plague and cholera. The left has lagged behind, the FDP goes too far in its liberal attitude. But prefer the coalition with the left, they are meaningless anyway ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Christian G. (35), civil servant from Lichtenberg: “A decision between plague and cholera. The left has lagged behind, the FDP goes too far in its liberal attitude. But prefer the coalition with the left, they are meaningless anyway ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Semih Kulaksiz (23), student from Neukölln: “I voted for the left and I am in favor of a coalition with the left. The expropriation of the apartments is an important issue for me. The FDP also has good approaches. The main thing is that the Union is not there
Semih Kulaksiz (23), student from Neukölln: “I voted for the left and I am in favor of a coalition with the left. The expropriation of the apartments is an important issue for me. The FDP also has good approaches. The main thing is that the Union is not there “(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Simone Elsner (36), store manager from Hellersdorf: “Since Gregor Gysi left, the left is no longer what it used to be. I used to like them. Nevertheless, I did not perceive the Berlin government in the last few years negatively ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)
Simone Elsner (36), store manager from Hellersdorf: “Since Gregor Gysi left, the left is no longer what it used to be. I used to like them. Nevertheless, I did not perceive the Berlin government in the last few years negatively ”(Photo: Christian Lohse)

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