With "great concern CSU district chairman and member of the state parliament steffen vogel looked to berlin on monday. There the jamaika explorations for the formation of a government coalition had failed. Vogel fears that this situation will further increase disenchantment with politics among the citizens and that the radical forces will profit from it. He sees the federal republic in the "most difficult time" since their foundation. The country needs the ability to act as well as stability, and vogel does not see either of these at the moment.
The CSU district chairman blames the FDP for the failure of the negotiations. "I think it’s a pity that the FDP, for reasons of party tactics, puts the well-being of their party higher than the well-being of the state", vogel said in an interview with our editorial team. Why do you have to negotiate for four weeks and then cancel at the last moment??, he asks, casting doubt on the FDP’s seriousness about forming a government.
What happens next? Steffen vogel hopes that the SPD will reconsider and assume responsibility. In vogel’s opinion, the grand coalition was "a good solution". For vogel, there are only two ways out of the crisis: the SPD gets on board, or the FDP joins in after all.
New elections are not the right way out of the dilemma for steffen vogel. The people will resent the parties, he fears, if the citizens have to vote again. And was there anything different about the constellation??, he asks. Vogel assumes that even after a new election, the starting positions for the parties would be similar. And you can’t keep voting until it’s right…
What is the next step for bavarian prime minister and negotiator seehofer?? The declared wish of the CSU parliamentary group, of which vogel is a member, is that there should be a change. Speak: markus soder to become new minister president.
The right path for steffen vogel would be for soder to become minister president and horst seehofer to go to berlin. "We need the strongest possible representation in berlin", says vogel. "Seehofer can also remain party chairman."
SPD district chairman wolfgang bruhl was somewhat surprised that the coalition talks failed: "I thought until the very end that an agreement could be reached. An agreement would have been important, because one must be aware of one’s responsibility." In the past, the SPD has also had to give in and agree to compromises. "I miss that with the greens and the FDP in particular, but also with the bavarian CSU." They have the dogma "upper limit set up. "You don’t need to negotiate if you have a dogma right from the start", emphasizes the eltman.
Need for new elections? Wolfgang bruhl is not so sure. Now it is important to be ready to talk. However, he excludes that after the failure of the language now the SPD jumps into the breach. This is also the opinion expressed to him by many members of the SPD.
No, now the chancellor, as negotiator, must explore what is possible. A minority government would at least be worth considering once for bruhl. "There must be a way to forge this together in some form", thinks the SPD man. The parties involved should not behave like children now, but try to continue the coalition talks, demands bruhl.
Matthias lewin, a member of the habberge-grunen executive board, is "extremely disappointed that four democratic parties have not managed to reach agreement on certain issues. For me, however, it seems as if this agreement was not even wanted by all parties involved."
All in all, this is a pretty poor report card for a country like germany, lewin emphasizes. What happens next? The procedure for new elections does not provide for the current constellation, so it will be a very difficult process, says grune. "That’s why I don’t rule out a minority government with changing majorities, depending on the issue; new elections could then follow if these majorities are no longer achieved."
What does the FDP, which is taking a beating, say?? Katrin hiernickel, the district chairwoman of the liberals, regrets that the hope for a turnaround in germany, the hope for a new policy of balance "has unfortunately been dashed" be. "I personally regret this deeply and I was also surprised and shocked by this development."
The habfurter sees the responsibility for it with all involved ones. "Every party has been willing to compromise, has shown a willingness to talk. The FDP, too, has always emphasized that you can’t push through an entire election program with eleven percent of the vote; numerous compromises, some of them painful, were offered and satisfactorily negotiated on our part. I don’t know what happened last night in berlin, but knowing christian lindner, he didn’t let the negotiations slip away lightly.", declares the district chairwoman. But if compromises reached on the straight and narrow were called into question again, if the rough line, the guiding hand was missing, then the trust in a stable government was forfeited. Whether that justifies breaking off the negotiations is not for me to say." A trend reversal has not been achieved, that does not sound like the blockade of a single party. It sounds like a lack of courage on the part of everyone involved, concludes hiernickel.
The social networks and news have been full of political declarations of intent in recent weeks, she describes. "Why could this not lead to a coalition?? There was a breakthrough in eastern policy in the seventies, a change through rapprochement. This should have been an example to all parties. Who, if not the parties, can show the citizens of germany that divergent opinions do not limit the ability to act, if they stand on democratic ground??"
How can it continue? New elections are not an option for katrin hiernickel and "i consider it irresponsible" to bring them about lightly. In all discussions, the role of the chancellor and the majority party, the CDU, is given far too little attention. Where is their political will?? Where is their political goal? After weeks of wrangling, the ball was passed back to the chancellor tonight, and she must now provide a new impetus."
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