The German Chancellor made a nest distinction to his successor favorite by referring to the left-wing party that became the stick of contention in the election campaign.
Soon the outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a position in Berlin on Tuesday on the arrangements for the September federal election and the future government option.
At the press conference, Merkel was asked about the candidate for Chancellor of the Demar Olaf Scholzin in the campaign for the federal elections in late September.
Scholz has reaped a reputation for resembling Merkel in many respects, even though she is a rival party. Merkel’s party in the CDU / CSU is a Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet.
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Over the weekend, Scholz posed on the cover of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, holding his hands in the same position as Merkel usually spoke, with her forefingers and thumbs forming a diamond.
Within the CDU / CSU, the copying of Merkel’s trademark provoked a furious reaction. Scholz was accused of cunningly stealing Merkel’s legacy.
According to opinion polls, Scholz is currently Merkel’s most popular successor candidate.
Tuesday Merkel began her response at the press conference by praising Scholz’s work as Minister of Finance in the current government.
However, he wanted to underline one difference between him and Scholz:
“If I were the Chancellor, there could be no governing coalition with the left,” Merkel said.
The Demars would like to form a government with the Greens, and Linke is thought to be the third party to the Demar-driven government.
The goals of the Red-Green Coalition in economic policy would be closest to each other.
Scholz has not unequivocally denied the option of having the left-wing party Linke in the government.
“Here’s a huge difference between me and him regarding Germany’s future,” Merkel said.
In fact there are big obstacles in front of the red-green coalition. There are fundamental differences in security and defense policy between the démarches and the Greens and Link.
In its program, Linke calls for the dismantling of NATO, the cessation of arms exports, and the immediate withdrawal of German defense forces from foreign operations. Linke would also like to change the role of the EU and oppose the EU’s common security policy.
Germany is a member of NATO and took part in the war in Afghanistan, for example, with some 150,000 troops.
Both the Greens and the Demars have said that government cooperation with Linken would require the party to commit to NATO.
Link Director Susanne Hennig-Welsow announced on Monday that this is not going to the party.
Merkel’s remark about Link can be interpreted as a CDU / CSU election tactic. For more than a week, the Christian Democrats have been cultivating a red-green government threat to Germany.
In some parts of Germany, such as Berlin, the Social Democrats, the Greens and Linke are still cooperating at the local level.
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