Kemmerich on Merz's summer time interview: “He has lost his mind” | EUROtoday

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DThe politicians are occurring their summer time break in two weeks, however the issues stay. For greater than 36 years, the leaders of the foremost events have been answering questions on present political points in the summertime interviews broadcast by public broadcasters. This summer time, CDU chief Friedrich Merz kicked issues off.

Merz spoke with Diana Zimmermann, head of the ZDF capital studio, about, amongst different issues, the CDU's dealing with of the AfD and BSW within the upcoming state elections within the east. Merz appealed to voters of the SPD, FDP and Greens to vote for the Christian Democrats.

Dressed in a beige jacket and lightweight blue shirt, Merz sat reverse the journalist in Meschede within the Sauerland, with a lake and birdsong within the background. The 68-year-old was born within the Sauerland and nonetheless lives there at present. But he additionally is aware of the east of the nation properly, mentioned Merz. He travels there lots and tries to grasp the folks. The social gathering chief attributed the truth that the AfD is prone to obtain essentially the most votes within the upcoming state elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony to the federal authorities's insurance policies. Unresolved questions, equivalent to these on training, the economic system and refugee coverage, “lead to this voting behavior,” he mentioned.

Berlin direct - Summer interview with Friedrich Merz

CDU chief Friedrich Merz speaks with Diana Zimmermann throughout the summer time interview at Hennesee

Source: dpa/Dominik Asbach

“The opposition cannot halve the AfD if the government policy doubles the AfD,” mentioned Merz. While the site visitors gentle coalition is in energy on the federal stage, the CDU is a part of the federal government in Brandenburg with the SPD and the Greens and even has the Prime Minister in Saxony, Michael Kretschmer. The CDU will not be doing badly within the East, mentioned Merz. It is “after all the second strongest party in the East.” The SPD, Greens and FDP not play a task in East Germany.

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Hendrik Wüst (l.) and Friedrich Merz (both CDU)
Rival of Friedrich Merz

However, the issues within the East usually are not only a party-political drawback. “It is a question of whether we have managed to integrate the East well enough after 35 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. And conversely, whether we from the West have understood the East well enough. And that is what we are trying to do,” mentioned Merz.

No coalition with AfD or BSW – the FDP doesn’t consider him

The CDU chief additionally made an pressing enchantment to these eligible to vote within the two federal states the place, in accordance with polls, the CDU might be simply behind the AfD: “I can only ask the voters in Saxony and Thuringia who are faced with the decision on September 1st as to who to vote for, but are considering voting for the SPD, the FDP or the Greens – all of which are under five percent – to vote for the CDU now in this situation.”

The chairman of the FDP in Thuringia, Thomas Kemmerich, subsequently attacked Merz sharply for these statements in an interview with WELT. Since the CDU is not going to win an absolute majority, Merz's statements are protecting the potential for coalitions with the AfD or BSW open. “Friedrich Merz has lost his mind,” mentioned Kemmerich. “Anyone who is prepared to give up their principles for power in order to make a pact with the AfD and BSW or the Left will always face maximum resistance from the FDP.”

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And he continued: “We are fighting for the democratic center, which Merz seems to have already given up on. In doing so, he is not only showing extraordinary arrogance, but is also giving up the CDU's claim to be the anchor of stability in the Federal Republic.”

For Merz, nevertheless, the firewall to the AfD applies, he says. A coalition with the right-wing populist social gathering is out of the query. “I say to the voters: If you want to have clear conditions and ensure that there is a stable government, then in Thuringia and Saxony in this state election there will only be the CDU, which will prevent such a difficult situation from arising.”

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Merz has already made it clear a number of instances that the Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance (BSW) can be not able to forming a coalition. It is in components left-wing extremist and right-wing extremist. In the summer time interview, the Christian Democrat clarified his feedback: The social gathering's stance is basically unclear, many positions are extraordinarily left-wing, as Sahra Wagenknecht had been when she was nonetheless a politician with the Left Party.

“On other issues, she is suddenly using tones that we actually only hear from the AfD, for example when it comes to the topic of immigration and integration,” mentioned Merz. Wagenknecht expressed herself “in a way that makes me say that I rule out any federal political cooperation with her.” But that has nothing to do with the BSW's orientation on the problems of the market economic system, western orientation, NATO or the European Union. “That is not our policy,” mentioned Merz merely.

Merz: “We want to govern”

Merz additionally spoke in regards to the conflict in Ukraine. When requested whether or not he would ship the Taurus supply to Ukraine with out hesitation as Chancellor, Merz was diplomatically unclear: “We would have made a different decision in the past. What decision we will make in the future depends on the circumstances that none of us know today.”

The CDU chairman apparently needs extra silence in regards to the West's methods: “In my opinion, we have been discussing these tactical and strategic, these military questions far too much in public for two and a half years. Putin has an open book in front of him when he looks at the German media and the reporting on what we are discussing politically.” But this isn’t a criticism of the media, however of the politicians, he mentioned.

At the tip of the 20-minute dialog, Zimmermann spoke in regards to the 2025 federal election. The Union is presently at round 30 p.c in Sunday polls (Insa). An absolute majority wouldn’t be attainable with any of the opposite events. Merz additionally didn’t need to decide to a attainable coalition accomplice when requested if the Union had been to win subsequent 12 months.

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When it involves the debt brake, the Social Democrats and the Greens are calling for it to be abolished. But that isn’t attainable with a attainable chancellor, Friedrich Merz. “After all, there must be mechanisms to make do with the money that taxpayers in Germany pay.” That would add as much as virtually a trillion euros yearly. “The state should somehow manage with that,” mentioned Merz. The debt brake was integrated into the structure by consensus, “and it should remain a debt brake.”

Regarding a coalition accomplice, he then merely mentioned that they had been nearer to one another with the Greens on overseas and safety coverage than with the Social Democrats. But it’s clear that almost all of the inhabitants is fed up with the federal authorities's “government experience”. And: “We want to govern,” mentioned the CDU social gathering chief.