German Greens appoint new minister after first cabinet leaves

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Green Party on Thursday appointed a financial policy expert as the country’s family and women’s minister, replacing another party member who resigned just four months after taking office. office of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government.

Lisa Paus, 53, will replace Anne Spiegel, who announced her resignation on Monday after it emerged she had left for a long family holiday shortly after last year’s devastating floods that killed more than 100 people in the state where she was then a senior civil servant.

That left the Greens scrambling to find a replacement who would maintain both gender parity in the Cabinet – excluding the chancellor, it has an equal number of men and women – and the balance between leftists and the centrists within the party’s ministerial team. The Greens are the second largest party in Scholz’s three-party government coalition.

Paus, a left-wing Greens lawmaker, said “we live in one of the richest countries on this planet, and yet child poverty, old-age poverty and social inequality in Germany are a daily, important, terrible and growing problem”. .”

She said she would work to change that and also focus on “structural discrimination against women”.

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