Annalena Baerbock does not want to run for Chancellor for the Green Party again. Due to the global situation, she wants to concentrate on her position as Foreign Minister.

Habeck, Barebock and Scholz

Annalena Baerbock shows Robert Habeck the way to a chair where Olaf Scholz is still hanging. Photo from 2023 Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

BERLIN/WASHINGTON dpa | Annalena Baerbock wants to concentrate fully on her position as Foreign Minister and is not seeking another Green Party nomination for Chancellor. Instead of limiting herself to a chancellorship, in view of the international crises, she wanted to devote all her energies to her current task, the Green politician explained in an interview with the American television channel CNN on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington.

“The world is obviously completely different than it was at the last federal election,” Baerbock said, according to an official translation from the Foreign Ministry in Berlin. “In light of the Russian war of aggression and now also the dramatic situation in the Middle East, more diplomacy is needed, not less. Otherwise, others will fill the vacuum,” he added.

Baerbock added in the interview conducted by CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour: “Therefore, in these extreme times, the political responsibility of the state as foreign minister means for me: Instead of being tied to a candidacy for chancellor, I continue to devote all my energy to my task, trust, forming cooperative and reliable structures, for and with so many partners around the world and in Europe who are building on this.”

Baerbock wants to do everything possible to support my party

Baerbock, who had agreed with the current Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck before the 2021 federal election to stand as the Greens' candidate for chancellor, also said: “Of course, I will do everything in the election campaign to support my party, as it did last time. I did that once too.”

It has been clear for some time now that either Baerbock or Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck will lead the Greens in the upcoming federal election campaign. Habeck's desire to run for office has been clear for months, although he has not yet made it very clear. As well as? Finally there is Baerbock.

Those around them said in the spring that they wanted to stick to the candidate nomination process agreed upon two and a half years ago. In September 2022, the board decided that the party's rank and file should decide in a primary election if there were several promising candidates.

Habeck leaves open his ambitions for candidacy

Following Baerbock's resignation, Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck acknowledged her role as foreign minister without announcing his own ambitions. “First of all I want to say that Annalena Baerbock has ensured that Germany is and remains a factor of stability in foreign policy in recent years,” he told the German Press Agency on the sidelines of a meeting in Dortmund. She is doing “an excellent job as foreign minister.” Asked about his own intention to stand as a candidate for chancellor for his party, he added: “We will discuss everything else in the committees and announce the right decisions in due course.”