Wolfgang Schäuble has spoken out in favor of a debate on public broadcasting. In an interview, the president of the Bundestag also criticized the lack of demarcation between the AfD and right-wing extremists.

Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) argues for a factual debate on public broadcasting. The Federal Republic “has survived worse disputes than the fee debate”, said Schäuble of the “Welt am Sonntag”.

“If the AfD says two and two are four, then not everyone is a Nazi who confirms this statement,” added Schäuble, referring to the Saxony-Anhalt radio debate, which ultimately ended with a blockade of the planned increase in contributions . Initially, everyone in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt was against increasing contributions. The premium stability is also laid down in the coalition agreement between the Greens, the SPD and the CDU in Magdeburg.

“Debate is allowed”

Schäuble insisted on a more relaxed approach to this issue. “The critical debate over public broadcasting is allowed when, for example, SPD Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig says the East should not always appear in connection with neo-Nazis.”

The dispute over the license fee hike had brought the black-red-green alliance in Saxony-Anhalt to the brink of a coalition breach. In the event that the CDU voted against the corresponding state treaty with the AfD in the state parliament, the SPD and the Greens threatened to end the Kenyan alliance. Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) withdrew the bill, preventing a vote in the state parliament.

However, this means that the rate increase of 86 cents scheduled for January 1 cannot come into effect. ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio are therefore appealing to the Federal Constitutional Court.

Schäuble condemns the AfD’s proximity to right-wing extremists

Schäuble also criticized the lack of demarcation between the AfD and corona deniers and right-wing extremists in the same interview. After Auschwitz, one could no longer be right-wing extremists in Germany and one should not have any connection with this milieu, Schäuble told “Welt am Sonntag”. “The AfD has apparently not yet understood this in all its groups.” In addition, she tries “to collect everything from the corona helicopter that gives her more support”.

“This cannot be justified for a democratic party that wants to take responsibility,” said Schäuble. The fact that the AfD is critical of government policies regarding the corona protection measures is consistent with its democratic mandate as an opposition party. “In my opinion, however, the AfD is weakening its own arguments and its persuasiveness because it does not distinguish itself convincingly enough from radical margins,” added the Bundestag president.

The party’s demand for a post of Vice-President of the Bundestag, which she has been trying for three years, was rejected by Schäuble: ‘I have been a member of the Bundestag for a long time and can certainly remember the times when parliamentary group had a vice-chairman. ”

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