Renate Künast wants to leave the Green Party in the Bundestag

Renate Künast wants to leave the Green Party in the Bundestag
Renate Künast wants to leave the Green Party in the Bundestag

Most recently, Malis Sekmen left the Green Party’s parliamentary group. Now party veteran Renate Künast has also announced her retirement. But she remains loyal to the Greens.

The former Federal Minister of Agriculture and former Green Party leader Renate Künast does not want to run in the next federal election. “It is now time to make room for younger people,” wrote the Berlin MP in a letter to her district association in Tempelhof-Schönberg, according to the “Tagesspiegel”. However, the 68-year-old lawyer does not want to quit politics completely: “I will remain a politician,” she wrote, and want to see “what tasks come next.”

Künast was the federal chairwoman of Alliance 90/The Greens from 2000 to 2001. After serving in the Berlin House of Representatives since the 1980s, she has been a member of the Bundestag since 2002. From 2001 to 2005, she was Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in the red-green government. From 2005 to 2013, she held the office of parliamentary group leader of the Greens in the Bundestag.

Renate Künast wants to support farmers and children

Agriculture is a topic that “hasn’t let go of her” after her time as minister, Künast wrote according to the “Tagesspiegel”, recalling the BSE scandal and the agricultural turnaround. In the remaining months as a member of parliament, she wants to campaign for projects in this area, wrote Künast, who has been her parliamentary group’s spokesperson for food and agriculture since 2021. “We must realign payments to agriculture, create incentives for climate protection, soil and water protection and the protection of biodiversity.”

According to the Tagesspiegel newspaper, Künast also wrote that she would like to support Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir’s (Greens) law on marketing foods to children that contain too much sugar. “This task is not trivial. Diet-related illnesses are now one of the biggest causes of death.”

Source: Stern

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