18.07.2022, Berlin: Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Außenministerin, spricht beim Petersberger Klimadialog im Auswärtigen Amt. Hochrangige Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus rund 40 Staaten treffen sich im Vorfeld der UN-Klimakonferenz COP27 im Auswärtigen Amt um Schritte zur Bewältigung der Klimakrise zu diskutieren. Ägypten als Ausrichter der COP27 ist Mitgastgeber. Foto: Christoph Soeder/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The Greens repeatedly give cause for suspicion of ideology, for example when Berlin’s top candidate Bettina Jarasch had the word “Indian Chief” deleted from a speech video during the election campaign or the state association in the southwest wanted to throw Tübingen Mayor Boris Palmer out of the party.

Now the Union thinks it has identified a new case of green ideology abuse – and that is the responsibility of Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, whom she admires.

It is committed to “feminist foreign policy”, the significance of which is now only questioned by ideologues. The CDU and CSU accuse her of wanting to reveal the quality criteria when selecting senior civil servants in order to promote women and socially disadvantaged applicants.

At this point one could ask with the advertising slogan of a Swiss herb candy company: “Who invented it?”

Eight years ago, the then AA State Secretary Emily Haber, now the ambassador in Washington, advocated a radical ventilation of the foreign office – and she wasn’t a dyed-in-the-wool Green, later working in the CDU-led Interior Ministry. Perhaps the following mnemonic will help: A progressive idea does not become wrong because it is represented by a Green Party politician.