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A proposal for Berlin’s ‘capital of the future’ under a socialist-ecological coalition

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Analysis. The coalition pact of the new red-red-green junta, led by three women, calls for affordable housing and zero emissions by 2030, along with investments in schools, social services and health care.

written by Sebastiano Canetta

Topic European Union


December 5, 2021

The title of the 149-page coalition pact presented on Tuesday by the SPD, Linke and Greens — “Berlin, the capital of the future: social, ecological, different” — represents their intention to change the face of the metropolis over the next five years.

Two months after the municipal elections and one week after the national agreement of the “traffic light” government, the new red-red-green junta led by three women is rewriting the politics of the “city-state” besieged by real estate speculation, by the effects of climate change, as well as by the walls built by Frontex. This is the end of the myth of the “poor but sexy city” invented by the former social-democratic governor Klaus Wowereit and the beginning of the “eco-social municipality” envisioned Franziska Giffey: the first female mayor of Berlin.

“Affordable housing and........

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