A few days before the first working session of the new Bundestag there is the first massive dispute between the Union parliamentary group and the future traffic light parliamentary groups of the SPD, Greens and FDP. “Although the traffic light coalition is just about to form, it already smells of arrogance in power politics,” said the parliamentary manager of the Union faction in the Bundestag, Michael Grosse-Brömer (CDU). The dispute revolves around how many MPs each parliamentary group sends to the so-called main committee.
“The main committee will be the central body for parliamentary work in the coming weeks,” said Grosse-Brömer. With the Infection Protection Act, for example, the committee will advise on the future basis for fighting pandemics and replace all specialist committees. “The main committee must therefore be of an appropriate size.”
The traffic light groups want the committee to have 31 members. Accordingly, the SPD should send 9 MPs, the Union 8, Greens 5, FDP 4, AfD 3 and the Left 2. That is not enough for the CDU / CSU. The Union parliamentary group demands at least 39 members: SPD and Union 11, Greens 6, FDP 5, AfD 4, Linke 2. In each of the previous two election periods, the main committee had 47 members. (05.11.2021)
Laschet to Söder: “Markus, leave it. Markus, why are you saying that again now?”
The failed Union Chancellor candidate and outgoing CDU chairman Armin Laschet gave an insight into his tense relationship with CSU boss Markus Söder. “He said for a long time ‘The CDU has the first right to propose’. That’s why I was initially surprised that he even ran because he had said the opposite for a year,” Laschet said on Wednesday in the ARD program “Maischberger. The Week “https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/.” As recently as August 2020, it was not even an issue that there could be a conflict between the CDU and CSU. And I believed that for a long time. “
After a ten-day power struggle for the candidacy for chancellor in April, in which Laschet prevailed against Söder, there were repeated taunts and cross shots by the Bavarian Prime Minister against the CDU chief. Laschet now made it clear that he had called Söder over and over again and said: “Markus, leave it. Markus, why are you saying that again now?” Söder replied: “No, that’s wrongly quoted. That’s not how I said it at all.” Laschet criticized Söder’s attempts to explain: “It was always different.”
When asked what that said about his relationship with Söder, Laschet replied: “It was very good for a long time and I really believed him a lot. But many others now also say that such sentences are not helpful in the election campaign.” Laschet accepted a mandate from the Bundestag after the election and is now a simple member of parliament in Berlin. (04.11.2021)
Klingbeil does not rule out applications for party leadership
After the announcement of the withdrawal by SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans, the SPD wants to decide quickly on the new party leadership. Secretary General Lars Klingbeil has shown himself to be open to becoming the SPD leader, but without specifically announcing an application. “I am very honored that my name is mentioned for the role of the SPD chairman,” he told the editorial network in Germany. “The chairmanship is a very important, traditional and attractive office in which you can achieve a lot,” said Klingbeil when asked whether it would be more attractive for him to become party leader or to take on a ministerial office.
Walter-Borjans had said: “We will clarify the succession calmly and in close coordination with one another, just as we worked together for two years.” A proposal should be made quickly. Walter-Borjans, who has led the SPD with Saskia Esken since 2019, announced his withdrawal on Friday.
According to Walter-Borjans, it is still unclear whether Esken will remain at the top of the SPD. The personnel proposal is also dependent on how it looks in the overall complex between the formation of the government and the party leadership. Walter-Borjans spoke of the possibilities of a complete change or a “continuation of half a continuity” – that is, with a new candidate alongside Esken. Esken is considered a candidate for a ministerial office. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich had asked Esken to renounce the chair in the case of a ministerial office. Klingbeil is also under discussion as a possible minister. (03.11.2021)