Merz accuses the SPD of unwillingness to cooperate | free press

The CDU criticizes the cooperation with the SPD – they did not want to cooperate. However, the other parties in the traffic lights praised CDU leader Friedrich Merz.


CDU leader Friedrich Merz has accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of an unwillingness to cooperate in the face of the burdens on citizens caused by inflation and the impending energy crisis. “We see strikingly bad, sometimes aggressively negative behavior from the SPD towards us at all levels,” Merz, who is also chairman of the Union faction in the Bundestag, said in an interview with the German Press Agency in Berlin. “We regret it and could have imagined it differently.”

Scholz himself has not accepted the offer of cooperation on important projects “since the beginning of May,” criticized Merz. “I’m not complaining about it, I’m just noticing it.” It was “the decision of the SPD and its leadership to behave towards the Union as it does at the moment”.

SPD traffic light partners FDP and Greens, on the other hand, are actively seeking communication with the Union at multiple levels – “and of course we are actively responding,” added the leader of the largest opposition faction in Parliament. It is striking that the Greens and the FDP practice a completely different approach to the SPD.

Merz specifically criticizes Defense Minister Lambrecht

He could not definitively assess why that was, Merz said. “But the SPD is obviously in a very precarious situation since they lost the state elections in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia and with the poor poll numbers in the federal government.” Basically, the SPD is back in the polls where they were at this time last year. “That puts the chancellor at 18 percent in the polls. Never before in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany has the chancellor’s party been below 20 percent,” Merz said. “I can understand that this leads to some nervousness in the ranks of the SPD.”

Merz particularly criticized the relationship with Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) as “very complicated, very extensive and not very cooperative”. This is “an expression of their own uncertainty, their own ignorance of detailed issues”. Lambrecht therefore avoids any debate if possible and reads prepared speech notes. “This is the result of this misappointment. She has not arrived at this office and is objectively completely overwhelmed.” Merz spoke of typical behavior “of a person who is not sure of himself”. “A defense minister’s shoes are too big for her.” (dpa)

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