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One of the smaller, sometimes amusing political soaps these days is running in the weekend program with the Greens. It could be called “Among Us”. Or "love, lie, passion". For the Greens, however, when it comes to maximizing quotas, it means: "We are so liberal!"

It is highly recommended as meaningless entertainment.

In the most recent episode, for example, Tarek al-Wazir, the Minister of Economics from Hesse, had the idea: “We should be the liberal party in Germany, because there is no other relevant party.” There are so many tragic singles out there again . Their pain is the digger chance: "We could certainly also address a part of the former FDP clientele who turn away from the FDP in disappointment."

His colleague and neighbor Eveline Lemke from Mainz even sees her Greens as “a libertarian party”. Everything is allowed in love and in canvassing.

the green worldview - not at all liberal

How hollow such sayings are can of course be seen if one deals in detail with the green view of the world, with the green program or even just with voter structures.

Sometimes you just have to wait and see how the green party leadership expresses itself in everyday political life. From Monday onwards, according to the latest edition of "We are so liberal!"

At the beginning of this week, for example, the news agencies reported the death of Reinhard Höppner, a co-founder of the East SPD, vice-president of the first freely elected GDR People's Chamber, and later Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt for eight years. A man who undoubtedly deserves an appreciation beyond party politics.

However, the green federal chairman Simone Peter praised Höppner's most controversial decision in a tweet:

We mourn Reinhard # Höppner. With the Magdeburg model, new alliances became possible. "There's nothing with Basta" http://t.co/7aHdcst5aC

- Simone Peter (@peter_simone) June 9, 2014

Indeed: This “Magdeburg model” was in fact the first red-green-red government alliance in a united Germany. In 1994, Höppner formed a minority government of the SPD and the Greens in Saxony-Anhalt that was tolerated by the left. At that time it was called the PDS and five years earlier it was still called the SED.

This broke the taboo that had previously ruled out the SED successors' participation in government. Höppner left it at a toleration and renounced the open coalition because he did not want to harm the SPD in the ´94 Bundestag election campaign.

the better FDP?

The dispute over this left-wing course - and the associated electoral deception - is not quite over to this day. The attempt to install the first western edition of the “Magdeburg Model” in Hesse in 2008 became notorious: the SPD leader at the time, Andrea Ypsilanti, failed due to an uprising from her own party.

In the meantime, the SPD no longer categorically excludes red-red-green at the federal level. However, this option remains highly controversial - if only because of the foreign policy conflicts with the left that became visible again in the Ukraine crisis.

And the greens? So now they regularly announce in “We are so liberal!” That they are the new, the better FDP. While her party leader celebrates old "new alliances".

Perhaps some Greens consider the FDP audience to be just idiots.