The traffic light negotiators had set an ambitious timetable for the coalition agreement.

Exploratory paper, working groups, coalition agreement, everything came on the promised date.

But on Thursday the Greens got out of step.

A press conference with the party chairman in the morning was postponed, the federal-state forum in the afternoon started late.

And contrary to what was planned, the Greens were still unable to say who they would send to the five “green” ministerial posts.

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"The consultation time is still ongoing," said Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner and announced the names for the evening.

But it will probably only be Friday morning, as party chairman Robert Habeck indicated shortly afterwards.

In the evening the party council was to meet again.

In any case, the strike vote on the coalition agreement cannot begin until Friday, one day later than planned, because the party members also vote on the personnel board.

Negotiating with the SPD and FDP was not exactly easy for the Greens, but they are fighting the real fight with themselves. The dispute between the wings is back in full force, fueled by old animosities.

The Greens, who always insist that it is all that counts, can no longer hide the fact that they too are interested in posts and careers.

Peace within the party was deceptive

Numerous names have been circulating in the past few weeks, interested circles willingly explained why one or the other had to be there in any case or not at all.

On Tuesday evening the matter seemed to be clear: In addition to Baerbock and Habeck, Cem Özdemir, Anton Hofreiter and Steffi Lemke should also get a ministerial office.

Katrin Göring-Eckardt, it seemed, would come away empty-handed.

For some years now, the Greens had not been very rebellious on questions of power, so they had accepted two Realos at the top without much grumbling and had softened the separation of office and mandate.

But it didn't go that way this time.

There were protests against the proposal, with grudges directed against Cem Özdemir in particular.

For some, it also seemed unbearable that there are more men in the cabinet than women, even if the office of state minister for culture were occupied by a Greens and the parliamentary group were given dual leadership.

On Thursday night there were always new lists, sometimes Göring-Eckardt was on it again, then Hofreiter or Özdemir were missing.

The Greens have worked hard on their professional appearance in recent years.

This picture has now got deep scratches.

Much of the content is "green"

In terms of content, the contract is a success for the party in many respects.

One speaker after the other praised the result at the Bund-Länder-Forum in Berlin's Westhafen and solicited votes.

The measures for climate protection, e-mobility, the fight against right-wing extremism, the abolition of paragraph 219a were highlighted.

Three of the five ministries that the Greens will occupy in the future are eco-departments: Economy and Climate, Environment and Agriculture.

The argument of the Greens is that with these departments they could best implement their own programs and shape the transformation to climate neutrality at a crucial point.

But Baerbock and Habeck started with the aim of opening up their party to other milieus.

Part of this concept was to make a political offer that went beyond ecological issues.

You have not only tried to develop a profile in social policy, but also in domestic policy.

They do not translate this claim into the selection of the departments, which some Greens regret.

But there is also criticism from the opposite direction: there was resentment in the parliamentary group that the Greens did not also occupy the Ministry of Transport.