One day after Federal President Steinmeier warned of a “mud fight” in the election campaign, the CDU railed against conspiracy theories on the part of the Greens.
Berlin – The federal election is in 83 days and the parties have long since entered the election campaign. The tone has become rougher recently. The political opponents willingly exploit the fact that the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock is currently being confronted with allegations of plagiarism. During election campaigns, particular attention is paid to errors. The playing off against each other should, however, remain within a fair framework, complains the CDU – and comes up with allegations against the Greens.
CDU: Ziemiak accuses Green members of spreading conspiracy theories
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak has accused members of the Greens and some of their supporters of spreading conspiracy theories and called for a factual election campaign. It was said that the Union wanted young people to contract the coronavirus so that they could not vote on September 26th. Therefore it was called to apply for the postal vote. “These are classic conspiracy theories. We clearly reject this type of election campaign, ”said Ziemiak on Monday in Berlin after deliberations between the presidium and the federal executive committee of the CDU. The Union itself stands for a “fair election campaign”.
Ziemiak did not say whose statement he was referring to. Rather, he said generally “that supporters of the Greens or Greens themselves spread conspiracy theories,” and cited the above example. Ziemiak accused the Greens and the SPD at the same time, they wanted “tax increases, burdens and more bureaucracy, quotas and bans in business, in craft, in industry”. He emphasized: “That would be poison for the upswing.” The economic recovery after the corona pandemic is “not a sure-fire success”. Ziemiak also published his allegations against the Greens on Twitter.
We stand for a fair election campaign and expect our competitors to do the same. Some Greens have fueled a climate of heat in the last few days, sometimes even spreading conspiracy theories against the Union. That is unacceptable and not our style.
– Paul Ziemiak (@PaulZiemiak) July 5, 2021
Bundestag election: CDU, CSU, Greens, SPD – taunts in the direction of the political opponent
The Union had addressed the Greens repeatedly in the past, for example when it came to individual amendments in the Green election manifesto. Some poison arrows also flew from the Bavarian capital. The CSU took an offensive stand against a possible Chancellor Baerbock. But even the Greens themselves do not save with criticism. Ludwig Hartmann, parliamentary group leader of the Greens in the Bavarian state parliament, attested to the Union Merkur.de a “poorly thought-out election program”. At the same time, the party accuses the CSU of spreading fake news in Trump-style.
In response to the latest allegations against Olaf Scholz that the SPD candidate for chancellor had violated the party law, the Greens accused him of hypocrisy. Scholz recently showed at the SPD party congress that the Social Democrats can also distribute them during the election campaign. Speaking to the Union, the finance minister said: “In the past, the conservatives used to say, ‘we stand for measure and middle.’ Today they stand for measurements and mask jewelry. “
Election campaign: Steinmeier is concerned about the mud fight – and appeals to parties
For Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, such taunts are part of everyday political life in election campaign times. In the ZDF summer interview, the SPD politician called on the parties to “measure and reason” at the same time. “I’m worried it might turn into a mud fight. At the present time, I believe that it is not yet the point at which the Federal President has to publicly issue a warning. “
When asked whether he would do that, Steinmeier said. “I think people know that about me.” He has said often enough that a prerequisite for a functioning democracy is “that one should exercise moderation and reason, and that also applies in election campaigns”. The parties have to be reminded again and again that in the German democracy, which is dependent on coalitions, every word and sentence has to be remembered that one may have to sit together again afterwards and bear joint responsibility. (as / dpa)