According to Triell: Left remains with no to NATO

DAfter the first major televised debate between the Chancellor candidates from the Union, the SPD and the Greens, the Left rejected calls for commitments to NATO and confirmed its willingness to participate in government after the federal elections. “A clear commitment to NATO today would mean actually voting for a war alliance,” said party leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow on Monday in Berlin. The focus should be on peace and security policy and not on confrontation.

On the question of a possible red-red-green coalition, Hennig-Wellsow said it was about a different monetary and asset policy in Germany. This excludes the Union and the FDP as partners. In this respect, there is “incomprehension” with her, “why the SPD and the Greens are now entrenched without seeing what chances we as a three-party alliance actually have to actually change this country for the better”.

The left is the social conscience and guarantees that the welfare state will continue to exist. “And because we are the only ones doing this job, it is clear to us that we want to be part of a government, provided that it arithmetically fits.” Hennig-Wellsow added that everyone would have to negotiate and compromise, “not just them Left”.

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SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz does not expressly rule out a coalition with the Left Party, but has since tied this to a clear commitment to membership in NATO, again at the Triell on Sunday evening. Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock had said that Germany had to remain a reliable partner in foreign and security policy. That also means standing by NATO. In its election manifesto, the left calls for the dissolution of NATO and wants to replace it with a collective security system with Russian participation.

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