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Thuringia: Merz sees the credibility of the CDU in Germany damaged

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Merz sees the credibility of the CDU damaged across Germany

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Ziemiak “Violates the decisions of the CDU”

The federal CDU rejects the election of left-wing politician Bodo Ramelow as head of government in Thuringia with the help of CDU votes. A party convention of the CDU Germany prohibits cooperation with the Left Party and AfD.

The Thuringian CDU rates the agreement with Red-Red-Green on a cooperation until new elections in 2021 as a “historical compromise” and “real political solution”. The federal CDU and the aspirants for a candidacy for the chancellor see it quite differently.

DAccording to Secretary General Paul Ziemiak, the federal CDU rejects the election of left-wing politician Bodo Ramelow as head of the government of Thuringia with the help of CDU votes. Ziemiak said in Iserlohn that those who voted for the CDU Ramelow were violating the decisions of the CDU.

CDU politician Friedrich Merz, who is considered a candidate city for the successor of party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, but has not yet explained himself, criticized the Thuringian state association. “The decision of the CDU in Thuringia to elect Mr. Ramelow as Prime Minister for a time damages the credibility of the CDU throughout Germany,” said Merz of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. “From the beginning, the CDU in Thuringia should never have allowed the AfD to treat our democracy contemptuously.”

Spahn: “It’s about the substance of our party”

Jens Spahn, who is also said to have ambitions for the party chairmanship and candidate for chancellor, fears for the foundation of his party and has also decidedly opposed an election of Bodo Ramelow with the help of the CDU. “As a Union, we are in a crisis of confidence. The last twists from Thuringia cost further trust. It is now about the substance of our party – not just in Thuringia, ”tweeted the Minister of Health.

Spahn pleaded for “quick new elections” – a demand that the Thuringian CDU consistently rejects, and which failed with the party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Erfurt. “As difficult as the situation for our colleagues in Thuringia is: After the search for a non-partisan personality has failed, no further tactics help.”

Spahn was the first of the four candidates to succeed the outgoing CDU chairman Kramp-Karrenbauer, who took a public stance on the compromise from Erfurt.

For weeks, the Thuringian CDU struggled with itself. In order for the federal state to have a government capable of acting, the Christian Democrats had to choose between two fundamental beliefs of their party. Approaching the AfD or the Left? This question had almost destroyed the Thuringian CDU, said district administrator Werner Henning on Saturday morning.

New election scheduled for April 25, 2021

“It tore the CDU apart. It almost destroyed them. Because we were all on the brink, ”said the district administrator in Eichsfeld on the RBB information radio. With his relief at the breakthrough in the negotiations with the left, the local politician spoke for the Thuringian CDU. Deputy head Mario Voigt celebrated a “historic compromise” after the successful negotiations with the Left Party. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn, on the other hand, is certain that this deal will only plunge the CDU even deeper into the crisis of confidence.

Left, SPD and Greens had agreed on Friday evening with the CDU on a prime ministerial election of Bodo Ramelow (Left) on March 4. Parliament will be re-elected on April 25, 2021. Until then, there should be binding cooperation between the CDU and Red-Red-Green on various projects – including the budget for the coming year.

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The Berlin CDU leader Kai Wegner also criticized his Thuringian party colleagues sharply. A choice of Ramelow with the help of the CDU reveals the principles of the CDU in Germany. “That would be a stab in the heart of our party,” he said. “To elect a left as Prime Minister as CDU MPs would be historic stupidity. A taboo breach is not corrected by another taboo breach, ”he said, alluding to the election of the FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich.

Instead of breaking the taboo, CDU state vice-president Voigt spoke of “binding cooperation” and “project-oriented cooperation”, of a CDU that a red-red-green minority government supports for a transition period of one year as “constructive opposition”. A party convention actually forbids the CDU any cooperation with the AfD and the left.

Lieberknecht: “This is a real political solution”

Similarly, Thuringia’s ex-Prime Minister Christine Lieberknecht, who had briefly been discussed as the Transitional Minister President. The agreement now reached ensures a reliable election of Ramelow through a sufficient number of votes and ensures stability in government action “for a manageable time until the new election”.

Lieberknecht did not want to call the compromise with the German press agency toleration or tolerance. It is about the cooperation of a minority government with a constructive opposition, she said. “This is a real political solution. There are good reasons for this. “

Thuringia has been in a government crisis for weeks. The country is currently governed by the Prime Minister Kemmerich without cabinet and minister. The FDP politician was elected on 5 February not only with the votes of the CDU and FDP, but also with those of the AfD as the new head of government, which caused indignation nationwide. Kemmerich resigned three days later.

“We have found a way for the Democrats”

A breakthrough was achieved in the Thuringian government crisis. Left, SPD and Greens agreed with the CDU on a prime ministerial election on March 4. “We have a road map,” said former Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow.

Source: WELT / Sandra Saatmann

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