VChancellor Olaf Scholz has criticized his rival for the presidency of the SPD, Norbert Walter-Borjans, for his statement on the renunciation of a Social Democratic chancellor candidate. "Anyone who does that makes the SPD small – and the Social Democratic Party has not earned," said Scholz the "Tagesspiegel" from Sunday. The Federal Finance Minister affirmed that the SPD could win in a federal election with the right candidate quickly ten percentage points more. Asked whether he was this candidate, Scholz said according to the report: "We are only now for the time being to elect chairpersons."
Walter-Borjans had said in a "Spiegel" interview that he did not believe "that right now we would be here to set up a chancellor candidate." Days later he said: If it becomes apparent before the general election that the SPD could lead a government, "we will of course say who should become Chancellor".
The SPD members can vote from Tuesday to November 29 in a runoff election on the new party leadership. Scholz is running against Klara Geywitz against the duo Saskia Esken / Walter-Borjans. On 30 November, the SPD wants to announce which duo won the second round. Thereafter, a party congress will confirm the winners and vote on the continuation of GroKo.
In the interview, Scholz also defended his push for a cancellation of tax benefits for pure men's clubs against criticism from the Union. "It's about clubs that consistently and deliberately do not allow women to join – without any factual reason," he said. CDU Vice Armin Laschet had spoken about referring to miners' classics of a "frontal attack on the honorary office".
The Vice Chancellor also welcomed the planned construction of a factory of the e-car manufacturer Tesla in Brandenburg. With regard to German industry representatives, he said: "The German companies will invest billions in new vehicle technologies. I am sure that they will continue to lead. "