Palmer makes far-reaching decisions about his future in Tübingen

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Tübingen’s Lord Mayor Boris Palmer at a municipal council meeting in May 2020. (Archive photo) © Tom Weller/dpa

For years, the Greens have been struggling to deal with problem child Boris Palmer. Now the mayor of Tübingen has made a decision about his future.

Tübingen/Stuttgart – Tübingen’s Mayor Boris Palmer does not want to run as a Green Party candidate in his city’s mayoral election in the fall. The Greens politician told the Tübingen city association in a letter from which the dpa quoted that he would not take part in the nomination process. Previously had the Stuttgart newspaper reported about it. The background to the decision is ongoing party exclusion proceedings against Palmer.

It was “logically and factually impossible to operate a process of nomination and disqualification at the same time,” Palmer wrote loudly Stuttgart newspaper. A candidate cannot be both – “nominated and excluded”. Palmer initially declined to comment on the report when asked.

Greens: Palmer no longer wants to run for the party as mayor – an important question remains open

The Baden-Württemberg Greens had decided in May last year to have Palmer expelled from the party. Palmer had previously made racist statements about former national soccer player Dennis Aogo in a Facebook post from the Greens’ point of view. According to Palmer, the statements were meant to be satirical. Investigations into this were discontinued in September. Palmer had previously crossed paths with his party with statements on refugee policy and corona measures.

Because of the threat of Palmer’s party expulsion, who has governed in Tübingen since 2010, the Greens city association decided to hold a primary election for the next mayoral candidate. The mayor of the Weilheim district of Tübingen, Ulrike Baumgärtner, has already applied for it. The incumbent has so far left it open whether Palmer wants to run again as an independent candidate in Tübingen. (dpa / AFP / fn) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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