Greens nominate Baerbock as German government minister

Greens nominate Baerbock as German government minister

BERLIN, Nov 25 Reuters -- Germany's Greens on Thursday nominated co-leader Annalena Baerbock to be foreign minister in the next government and confirmed they would propose Robert Habeck as vice-chancellor and economy minister with responsibility for climate policy.

The nominations for other cabinet positions were made on Thursday at the beginning of a consultation process with Greens members to ratify the coalition deal the party has agreed with Social Democrats SPD and Free Democrats FDP Baerbock, Germany's first female foreign minister.

The Greens nominated Cem Ozdemir, a former party leader, as agriculture minister. He is the son of a textile factory worker and a teacher who came as guest workers in the 1960s and the first member of Germany's three million strong ethnic Turkish population to serve as a federal minister.

The three coalition partners have a vision of how to bring in liberal social policies, speed up digitalisation and push through a green transition in Europe's biggest economy.

The Greens also put forward senior party figures Anne Spiegel as family minister and Steffi Lemke as environment minister.

The three parties have written into their coalition deal how they will divide up the cabinet posts.

The results of the 10 day vote of 125,000 Greens members on the coalition agreement are expected to be released in the first weekend of December, around the same time as the SPD and FDP expect to ratify the deal. This would mean that the SPD's Olaf Scholz could succeed Angela Merkel and become chancellor in the week of December 6.