Mith much cheers and long applause, the CSU welcomed Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet in Nuremberg at their party conference on Saturday. “I don’t know whether you will be greeted so euphorically everywhere, with us you will,” said CSU boss Markus Söder after moving into the exhibition hall with Laschet for minutes. “We want you to become Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. The stage is yours, ”said Söder to Laschet.
In the past few weeks there had been many critical tones against Laschet in the CSU. On Thursday, CSU General Secretary Markus Blume said in an interview that with Söder the Union would “of course” be better off in the polls. In the polls, the CDU and CSU are currently clearly behind the SPD and only come up with values of 20 to 25 percent.
In his speech, Laschet attacked the SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz. He accused Scholz of keeping a back door open for a coalition with the left. Scholz refused to give a clear rejection of red-green-red, said Laschet on Saturday at the party convention of the CSU in Nuremberg. Scholz did not “get on his feet” if a rejection was made.
The Union, on the other hand, has demarcated itself just as clearly against the radical left as it does against the right, said Laschet. “We will never talk to the AfD. They have to get out of the parliaments, ”said the CDU chairman. Participation in government by the left is dangerous for Germany, said Laschet. In terms of foreign policy, the Left say no to NATO, have rejected each of the major EU treaties and have not even approved the delicate deployment of the Federal Armed Forces to rescue German citizens from Afghanistan. It is not about launching a new red sock campaign, explained Laschet – although it was very successful in 1994. Today it’s not about people, but about content. The left does not accept fundamental principles in Germany.
Laschet also distributed against the SPD and the Greens. “Tax increases and more bureaucracy will threaten prosperity,” he said. The delicate plant growth after the corona pandemic should not be endangered. “It doesn’t matter who is in the next federal government.”
Laschet goes into a search in the Ministry of Finance
Laschet once again criticized the behavior of SPD candidate for chancellor and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz after the public prosecutor’s office searched the Ministry of Finance. “I would have liked a little more care in several cases in the financial supervision,” said Laschet. In addition, after the search, it would have been right to assure the public prosecutor’s office of support and not to cast doubts on the rule of law.
In investigations against those in charge of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), a money laundering special unit of the customs, the Osnabrück public prosecutor had the Federal Ministry of Finance and Justice searched on Thursday. Documents were also confiscated, as the public prosecutor announced. Since last year, the public prosecutors have been investigating a suspicion of thwarting punishment in office by the FIU. The central office, which is part of the Ministry of Finance, is said to have not passed on information from banks about money laundering to the police and the judiciary. Customs is subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Scholz later told the newspaper Die Welt that the investigations were directed against unknown employees in Cologne. In this connection questions had arisen for the two ministries. This “could have been put in writing,” said Scholz. He continued: “Now they have been posed in a different way. Everyone can rate that for themselves. “