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The tone between the SPD and CDU gets rougher | Free press

Berlin (dpa) – After the two state elections on Sunday, the coalition partners in the federal government are noticeably at a distance from each other and switch to election campaigns more than six months before the decision in the federal government.

Leading Union politicians, deeply shaken in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, attacked the SPD. This, in turn, explained the goal of competing for a traffic light coalition in the federal elections in September. Such an alliance of SPD, FDP and the Greens was ratified in Rhineland-Palatinate and is also possible in Baden-Württemberg.

Despite the defeats, the CDU and CSU are sticking to their timetable for determining their candidate for chancellor. According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert, a reshuffle of the cabinet in Berlin is no problem.

CDU chairman Armin Laschet called on the SPD to be more disciplined in the cabinet, specifically criticizing Treasury Secretary Olaf Scholz for announcing up to ten million vaccinations against Corona per week. “Every minister should work well in his department, but not others who have a difficult task at this time,” Laschet said in Berlin after consulting with the executive bodies of the CDU. It was, of course, an election campaign. But in the pandemic, people expected the common good to come to the fore “and not party political tricks”.

CSU general secretary Markus Blume said after a rotating conference of the CSU board in Munich: “It would be good if the SPD would focus more on government work. I have the impression that the coalition has already ended internally on most days. “

SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans drew the conclusion about Deutschlandfunk from the election results: “There are majorities on this side of the CDU and CSU, and there are also good chances for Olaf Scholz to be the candidate of the strongest of these parties. ” SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbeil stressed Bayerischer Rundfunk: “The traffic light is possible, and we are now fighting for it.” Scholz analyzed: “The election results, especially of course those in Rhineland-Palatinate, give wings to the Social Democratic Party as a whole.” The SPD now wants to take advantage of the revival.

The FDP and the Greens at this point rejected coalition speculation. It was far too early for that, said FDP leader Christian Lindner. “What is important to us is which content fits together.” His party does not want to talk playfully about color theory. Green Chairman Robert Habeck also finds it impossible to draw conclusions about possible coalitions after the parliamentary elections in September. “It’s a fully open year,” he said in Berlin. However, Co-President Annalena Baerbock emphasized that the Greens see their ambitions in the federal government confirmed by the success in Baden-Württemberg: “What is possible in the heart chamber of German industry, could also be possible in the federal government.”

In Baden-Württemberg, the Greens with Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann achieved a national record result of 32.6 percent (2016: 30.3) according to the preliminary result. The previously co-governing CDU fell in its former stronghold to 24.1 percent (27.0). The SPD was 11 percent (12.7), the FDP at 10.5 (8.3) and the AfD at 9.7 percent (15.1).

In Rhineland-Palatinate, the SPD and popular government leader Malu Dreyer won 35.7 percent of the vote (2016: 36.2), according to the preliminary result. The CDU with Christian Baldauf as top candidate dropped to 27.7 percent (31.8). It was followed by the Greens with 9.3 percent (5.3), AfD with 8.3 (12.6) and the FDP with 5.5 percent (6.2). Free voters will enter the state parliament with 5.4 percent (2.2).

In Baden-Württemberg, Kretschmann was able to continue the black-green coalition or form a traffic light alliance. Dreyer aims to continue the traffic light in Rhineland-Palatinate. According to surveys, there is currently not enough for one stoplight in the federal government.

After the historically poor CDU results in both countries, Chairman Laschet called on his party to make an effort. God had not given that the CDU would deliver the chancellor again after the election in the fall, he said, according to information from the DPA of participants in a digital board meeting of his party. In the ZDF program “What now, Mr. Laschet?” he said in the evening: “I don’t know if it was clear to everyone that this Bundestag election was not automatically won and would end with someone from the Union as Chancellor.” Now it is clear to everyone: “We must fight!” Bavarian Prime Minister Söder said in Munich: “Yesterday’s elections were a heavy blow to the heart of the Union”.

Laschet rejected speculation that the Union could replace some ministers who were particularly criticized before the elections: “There is no need for a cabinet reshuffle.” Government spokesman Steffen Seibert made a similar statement: “The federal government has no plans to reshuffle the cabinet.” Söder also said: “I don’t think an agreement, a hectic reshuffle of the cabinet, will bring anything to Berlin now.

The CDU and CSU also don’t want to shake up their schedule for nominating the chancellor candidate between Easter and Whitsun. “However, between Easter and Pentecost does not mean Pentecost Sunday in the evening. In theory, that could be Easter Monday morning. Or on Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday, “said Laschet and later added on ZDF:” It could also be very soon after Easter. “

AfD chairman Jörg Meuthen wants to stay on course in both countries despite the loss of his party. “It must be a clear guiding decision,” said the party leader, who has meanwhile become a red rag to some representatives of the far-right “wing” of the AfD, classified by the constitution as right-wing extremist. . He stands for a “civil-liberty-conservative” course.

The Left, which missed accession to both state parliaments, nevertheless sees a tailwind at the federal government. Chairwoman Susanne Hennig-Wellsow said on the Phoenix television station that there was finally an effective option to vote the CDU out of the federal government. “The fact that the CDU is self-destructive also plays in our hands.”

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