Reiner Haseloff was able to prevent the rupture of his government in Saxony-Anhalt for the time being. But the CDU, SPD and the Greens are now cooking. And that also in Berlin for a long time.
It is Tuesday shortly before 11am in Saxony-Anhalt that the huge dispute over 86 cents ends with a word of power that is actually a personal defeat. CDU Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff cannot convince his own party friends in the state parliament to vote in favor of increasing the broadcasting costs. So he just withdraws the bill completely.
Haseloff thus first of all defused the government crisis in Saxony-Anhalt. But that’s about it. The radio license dispute remains and is likely to end before the Federal Constitutional Court. And in the CDU, the dispute remains over how much differentiation of the AfD is necessary and possible. A new chairman will inherit him, whether his name is Laschet, Merz or Röttgen. The SPD and the Greens are satisfied – at least until things get serious.
In Saxony-Anhalt, the government consisting of the CDU, the SPD and the Greens had been arguing for days over whether they would agree to the increase in the radio license fee – as the other 15 state governments have done. The SPD and the Greens are in favor, the parliamentary group of the CDU is now quite closed against it. Just like the AfD.
The dispute got so heated that the SPD and the Greens in the country even threatened to break the coalition if the CDU and AfD end the contract with their joint majority. Because the interior minister and CDU regional chief Holger Stahlknecht could very openly gain something from this road, Haseloff fired him on Friday. The Prime Minister himself is not seen as the biggest fan of the rise, but neither did he want the AfD. It’s complicated.
The Greens in particular, but also the SPD, then attached maximum importance to the dispute in national politics. Green boss Robert Habeck intervened personally in the debate several times. On Monday he saw a dispute in the Saxony-Anhalt case over “understanding of free press and free speech and language in Germany”.
It couldn’t be bigger.
At the same time, the Greens and the SPD repeatedly stated that the attitude of the Christian Democrats in the state was a test of how seriously the CDU as a whole meant the AfD’s demarcation. This, of course, suits the two sides in the impending federal election campaign.
That they should not be wrong is evident from the fact that the possible new CDU Bundestag Armin Laschet has stated that the case is an identity issue for his party. “There are times when a clear position is required,” he said Friday. The AfD could “never be a political partner”.
Dispute about the course in the CDU
Friedrich Merz sees it very differently. Which shows that the CDU is actually fighting for the course. The former leader of the Union, who is also running for the party chairmanship, had indicated that he could understand the position of the CDU group in Magdeburg.
There is growing concern in the party that the camps within the CDU could diverge further and further. If Laschet and Merz already have so different opinions on such an issue, how should the CDU be united after the election of the new president in mid-January? It is fermenting in the Union, the dispute is currently overshadowing the race for the presidency.
The still CDU boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told Chillreport on Tuesday that it was good “that the coalition in Saxony-Anhalt has found a solution and can now focus on fighting the pandemic”. At the same time she criticized the group’s attitude.
Some see the carefully forged alliances vibrate. Many in the party see the fact that the Greens and the SPD are so fiercely critical of the CDU as brutality. Someone from the group chairman told Chillreport: “The Greens and the SPD have signed the coalition agreement on the stability of contributions in Magdeburg, now they decide, they want to break their word – and we are the bad guys because the AfD also happens to be there. against? not quite true. ”
It is now being fought with tougher connections, some see the election campaign as the beginning of the attacks. The union representatives are only divided on the answer: support the Sachsen-Anhaltiner and promote the escalation of the dispute with the SPD and the Greens in public? Or turn around and move away from your own position? Many would point out that the CDU in Saxony-Anhalt has been against too much money for the public broadcaster for a decade – then the AfD didn’t even exist.
“Ultimately, the concern remains”
The fight in the CDU is primarily a benefit to the SPD and the Greens. Unlike the CDU, both parties have already tried to pose as closed and sorted political forces.
And so, after Haseloff’s withdrawal, the disastrous condition of the CDU is highlighted. The SPD group leader Dirk Wiese speaks of a “leadership vacuum in the federal CDU”. “The question is whether the lack of authority will change with a new CDU president, especially if he is only elected with limited results,” Wiese told Chillreport. In an interview with Chillreport, Green parliamentary leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt also called it “extremely alarming” that “the federal CDU is not showing leadership here”.
SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans even explicitly warned of similar cases in the future. “Ultimately, concerns remain that the next case in which the CDU collapses for the AfD will not be long in coming,” he told Chillreport.
A handy strategy
They are hard accusations. And they almost automatically raise the question of whether you can still govern with such a CDU in the federal government. Or want. After all, the SPD and the Greens claim never to raise doubts in the fight against the right. For the SPD, this question arises acutely in the grand coalition, for the Greens with some likelihood after the general election next year.
And if you ask questions of the SPD and the Greens, it is striking that behind closed doors there is credible assurance that the CDU’s problem with its leadership and right-wing demarcation is considered very serious in the countries. But at the same time it is emphasized time and again that there is actually no doubt about the clear position of the members of the CDU group.
In a sense: in the Bund hui, in the east sometimes ugh.
That may not be completely wrong, but it is also quite useful for the SPD and the Greens. Because if you follow the argument, only the CDU currently has a problem in the federal government, and especially one problem in terms of external representation: chaos and lack of leadership. If the SPD and Greens seriously questioned the CDU as partners, the problem would quickly become theirs too. They would simply lose a realistic perspective of power.
And the situation is of course not that serious for them. Or as a CDU MP from Saxony put it: “The position of the Greens and the SPD is like a song you record to get more exposure. But whether they will really hit the charts is still open.”