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Schwarz auf Grun book review

Schwarz auf Grun book review

Black, Green and Yellow Alliance

In her book, Caroline Busbach thinks of a government made up of the Union, the Greens, and the Free Democratic Party.

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2030. Nine years ago, Germany was ruled between black, green and yellow under the leadership of Chancellor Armin Laschet, Kevin Kunert is the ruling mayor of Berlin, and she herself holds the position of Minister for the Economic Future. At least that’s what Caroline Busbach imagines.

Bosbach, exactly. She is the daughter of CDU politician Wolfgang Busbach. And she is preparing not only to follow in his footsteps, but – see the vision of the ministerial office – perhaps to outsmart him. In contrast to him, the distinguished domestic politician, she is more committed to economic policy. In order to make her (own) point of view, she has now written a book with scientist Torsten Weber.

The title already indicates its direction: “black on green”. The rise of the Greens prompted Posbach to correct a few things from their point of view: “In a major election year, I wanted to write a book that everyone should understand, especially outside academic circles,” she said in an interview with Handelsblatt. “All the big questions, the energy transition, the generation change, budget policy, flies, food, they’re anything but not too complicated.”

She chose an unusual format for this: the book was designed as a script for a miniseries in ten episodes. It alternates between scene descriptions, live dialogues, and short clip scripts.

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Each chapter is devoted to a question many may have asked themselves before: Do you want to take my car away from me? Do we still have a chance against the Chinese? Why am I always to blame?

Caroline Busbach, Torsten Weber: black on green.
Morman Publishers
Hamburg 2021
200 pages
20.00 EUR

“Our goal was not to discuss these topics at the highest possible level, but to make them understandable,” Bussbach says. Because politics can only be done with the people. In order to be able to do that, things must be at least partially understood.”

The basis of the dialogues in the book are the conversations with citizens that Bosbach had in one way or another, or the motives she took from e-mails to voters. Bosbach is currently an advisor to a member of the Bundestag.

She bundles her criticism of political content into discussions with potential voters. For example, regarding charging station infrastructure: “In China, a large part of new buildings must now be equipped with their own charging station, while we are still discussing the fire protection decree for new buildings and the general expansion of charging infrastructure.”

Or on climate policy: “Climate policy must not precede all the concerns and interests of the people. Right now, after one of the biggest health and economic crises ever, we must also think about how to get the country back on its feet.”

Bosbach deals with the Green Party in particular: “Green politics as we know it is eerily similar to that of the state. We want freedom of choice, and that’s what defines our country.” You make it clear that it’s about sustainable innovations, not bans. Each chapter has appropriate data and facts.

They both share a strong interest in the topic of sustainability. This is why they give a good example in their book: “To offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated during the production of this book, we are supporting the operation of a hydroelectric power plant in Virunga National Park in eastern Congo,” they wrote. After all, anyone who aspires to a ministerial position must set an example.

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