At the start of the hot phase of the SPD’s election campaign, Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz focused on the cohesion of society.
Berlin – Cohesion must be “the principle of our country” when it comes to the tasks of the future, said Scholz on Saturday in Bochum in front of around 1,300 listeners. He mentioned above all climate change, globalization and technological progress.
Specifically, Scholz demanded the construction of 400,000 new apartments per year, 100,000 of which were state subsidized, a statutory minimum wage of twelve euros per hour “in the first year of my chancellorship” and a “reorganization” of child benefit. Once again, the SPD candidate for chancellor spoke out against tax relief and in favor of stable pensions. The SPD does not want to raise the retirement age.
Campaigner Scholz referred to the experiences in the corona pandemic and also in the flood-hit towns: “We also need this solidarity when we think about the future.” The Corona crisis has shown “that we can do it well if we stick together and tackle things together.” At the same time, the flood disaster showed how great the violence of nature is “and that we cannot go on like this forever”.
Germany has set itself the goal of becoming CO2 neutral within 25 years. “You can do that, but you shouldn’t underestimate that,” said Scholz. He accused the Union of failure and cited as an example the recently significantly upward revised forecast of electricity demand and the emphasis on climate protection only after the flood disaster. “A Union-led federal government costs Germany prosperity, a future and jobs. That must not be the case.”
Scholz said the SPD wanted to legally establish future electricity needs. Companies need a clear message. He warned that “quite a few laws” would need to be changed “so that we can get things done in time”. In Germany, significantly more wind and solar systems would have to be built on land and off the coasts and the power grid expanded. That is the “primary task of our economic policy”.
The SPD election campaign motto is “Germany’s future: Scholz tackles it.” In the polls, the SPD had fluctuated around 15 percent for months – far behind the Union and also clearly behind the Greens. However, the party has been catching up significantly since the beginning of August. Most recently it came to about 19 percent in the ZDF “Politbarometer” and was on par with the Greens and only seven points behind the CDU / CSU. In the most recent Forsa survey for RTL / ntv, the SPD also came to 19 percent, the Greens were 20 percent, the Union came to 23.
At the same time, Scholz left the competition far behind on the question of chancellor preference. When asked who the survey participants would bring to the Chancellery in the event of a direct election, 26 percent named Laschet, 16 percent the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock and twelve percent the Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet in the RTL / ntv survey. In the “Politbarometer” Scholz came to 44 percent, Laschet to 21 percent and Baerbock to 16 percent.
Scholz said on Saturday in Bochum that he was “touched” by the polls. It is “good that we feel the wind that brings us forward”. There are still 90 events with Olaf Scholz on the SPD’s program before the federal election on September 26th.
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