“So far to the left that it no longer takes place in the middle”
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CDU General Secretary Ziemiak criticizes the coalition partner sharply: The SPD has “said goodbye to its clientele, the workers in industry”. He accuses the Greens of wanting to be the “stirrup holder” of a left government.
KShortly before the change in leadership at the CDU, General Secretary Paul Ziemiak gave a foretaste of the Bundestag election campaign with sharp criticism of the SPD’s coalition partner. The CDU wanted to woo disappointed SPD regular voters in the election campaign and offered the industrial workers “a political home”, said Ziemiak. The SPD is “so far to the left that it no longer takes place in the middle”. Ziemiak accused the Greens of wanting to be the “stirrup holder” of a left-wing government.
“The SPD has long since said goodbye to its clientele, the workers in industry,” said the CDU politician. “It is the hard-working people in the Ruhr area and elsewhere who have made our country one of the most important industrial nations in the world.” The CDU sees itself as “the only party that still represents the interests of those working in industry”.
Ziemiak portrayed the SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz as a politician who cannot prevail against the left-wing course of party leader Saskia Esken. “I can understand Olaf Scholz’s needs to a certain extent: he has hardly any freedom of movement under Ms. Esken’s thumb,” said Ziemiak. “Ms. Esken is driving the SPD further and further to the left, towards its desired alliance with the Left and the Greens. That is dangerous for this country. “
Ziemiak was particularly angry about the recent criticism of SPD politicians against Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU); Social Democrats had accused Spahn of failing to obtain corona vaccine.
Ziemiak pointed out that SPD Chancellor candidate Scholz was involved in all decisions as Vice Chancellor. “I was wondering what Olaf Scholz was actually doing in the Corona cabinet, to which he is well known,” said Ziemiak. “Was he reading the newspaper, eating bread or drawing campaign posters? At least he doesn’t seem to have listened. ”Scholz was not only involved in all the decisions,“ he also voted for it ”.
He is “very worried about the SPD because the party’s election campaign is apparently more important than overcoming the worst crisis since the end of the Second World War,” said the CDU General Secretary. “The SPD must be aware of its government responsibility.”
According to Ziemiak, it is conceivable that Germany is facing a camp election campaign. “The Greens invoke the camp election campaign because they deliberately do not rule out governing with the left,” he criticized. That is why the federal election will be about the question: “Will Germany stay in the middle with the Union or will our country be governed by a left-wing alliance and politics shaped by the fringes?”
However, the CDU regards the Greens as the main opponent in the election campaign. “We will have a tough argument with the Greens,” said Ziemiak. The “bourgeois icing” of the Greens could “not hide the fact that the Greens want to be stirrup holders for a left alliance with the SPD and the left”. This would be “a devastating scenario for the future of our country.”