Robert Habeck considers Merz’s coalition statement on the Greens to be “nonsense”

Vice Chancellor as a guest in the stern talk
Robert Habeck: “Merz can talk as much nonsense as he wants”

stern Editor-in-Chief Gregor Peter Schmitz (left) with Economics Minister Robert Habeck and writer Juli Zeh on the podium in Berlin

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Robert Habeck commented on Friedrich Merz and his statements about the Greens as a coalition partner in the new talk format STERN STUNDE. The Vice Chancellor also spoke about the photos of Olaf Scholz with an eye patch and the industrial electricity price.

Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck considers the statement by CDU chairman Friedrich Merz to be “nonsense” that the Greens cannot be a coalition partner for the Union. “That’s surprising, because half of the country is governed by black and green,” said the Green Federal Minister of Economics at the STERN STUNDE, the new live talk format of the star.

Merz “apparently made the calculation without his party,” said Habeck. He is not the press spokesman for the opposition leader. “If it were me, I would say to him: ‘Stop talking nonsense.'” But this is a free country, so Merz can “speak as much nonsense as he wants”.

The bestselling author Juli Zeh was also a guest. The writer reported that she got inspiration for her book “Between Worlds” from talks with Economics Minister Habeck. Both would have met on several dates and talked about agriculture. “A lot of you stuck with me back then and flowed into my novel,” said Zeh.

Habeck himself has read several of Zeh’s books. “I loved and devoured the first books by July. He hasn’t opened the newer books yet. “Other things have pushed ahead.”

Eye patch photos by Olaf Scholz: Habeck thought it was a joke

In the talk format, Habeck also commented on the eye patch photos of Chancellor Olaf Scholz after his jogging accident. At first he thought it was a joke. “At first I thought it was a collage and was supposed to be funny,” said the Green politician. “I think it looks threatening. But I hope it goes well.” He has not yet spoken to Scholz about the injury, but he sent him a message. “We texted. I wished him a speedy recovery, but I didn’t ask what was going on behind the eye patch afterwards.”

Scholz injured his eye while jogging at the weekend and now has to wear an eye patch for a few days because of the swelling and abrasions.

Habeck on the industrial electricity price

In the one-hour talk format, Habeck also spoke about the industrial electricity price and increased the pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “Of course, this is also an industry-worker electricity price,” said Habeck. “Behind it are not Dax companies and statistics that are presented somewhere on the stock exchange. People work there,” said Habeck about the possible beneficiaries of such a subsidy.

Without an industrial electricity price, “blue collar jobs” would possibly disappear. “If we don’t clutter up this debate with paternalistic ‘respect’, yeah, it’s bad for you, but respect for this difficult time you’re going through, you’ve just become unemployed – then we have to counter it with industrial policy.”

The STERN HOUR is the new live talk format of the star, which premiered in Berlin on Monday evening. In addition to the Economics Minister, the bestselling author Juli Zeh was also a guest.

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