Bundestag election: Söder warns of a shift to the left

Dhe CSU chairman Markus Söder has spoken out in favor of placing the warning against a left alliance at the center of the final phase of the election campaign. “Now the alternatives have to be on the table and the hot left-wing or bourgeois government,” said Söder on Sunday in the ARD summer interview. With a view to red-red-green, Söder spoke of, among other things, “massive tax increases”, instability and Germany’s exit from NATO. “These are very far-reaching consequences, and they must now be the focus.”

The SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz had left open the question of a possible government alliance with the left in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. He avoided the question of an alliance with the left several times and justified this by saying that experience shows “that after one coalition has been rejected, the question of the next follows. And at some point the country no longer discusses the welfare of the country, but rather the schemes of parties ”. Scholz added that every government in Germany must “make a clear commitment to the transatlantic partnership, to membership in NATO and to a strong and sovereign European Union”. The Left Party still wants to dissolve NATO and replace it with “a pan-European collective security system with the participation of Russia”. Last week, a large part of the left-wing parliamentary group abstained from the vote on the mandate for the Bundeswehr evacuation mission in Afghanistan.

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For this reason, the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock is distancing herself from the Left Party, but does not categorically rule out an alliance either. “Basically, in a democracy all democratic parties must be able to talk,” said the newspapers of the Funke media group. But with the vote on the mandate, the left has “just sidelined”. Germany must be able to act in foreign and security policy and be a reliable partner. Reliability in foreign policy also means standing by NATO, said Baerbock.

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