Kühnert warns CDU against cooperation with AfD in Thuringia

Released on 04.06.1000

  • Kevin Kühnert, SPD General Secretary, speaks at a press conference in the Willy Brandt House. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa
  • Mario Voigt, Thuringia’s CDU faction leader , speaks during a press conference of the CDU parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament. Photo: Martin Schutt/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa


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The Thuringian CDU parliamentary group wants to assert itself in the dispute over distance rules for wind turbines with a legislative initiative. But they would only be successful with the votes of the AfD.


SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert warned the CDU in Thuringia against working with the AfD and also appealed to CDU leader Friedrich Merz.

“Leadership is now required in the CDU, because in the state parliament in Erfurt the authority of party leader Friedrich Merz challenged,” said Kühnert to the “Spiegel”. The Thuringian CDU parliamentary group sees itself in a bind in the dispute over a 1000 meter distance rule for wind turbines to residential buildings because the AfD is looking at it put her side. The AfD is being monitored in Thuringia by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution for right-wing extremist tendencies.

A law against the votes of the red-red-green minority government is “a law majority by Höcke’s grace”, explained Kühnert in allusion on the AfD state and parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke. “There has never been anything like this and there should never be.” Apparently, the CDU is of the opinion that in cooperation with the AfD, the exclusion zone only begins with joint coalitions. “Anyone who argues like that hasn’t learned anything.” The CDU only had a few days left to “save the Free State of Thuringia a disservice”.

“We independently bring in content-related initiatives that correspond to our goals and convictions – regardless of who is for and who is against,” said CDU faction leader Mario Voigt on Friday in Erfurt. Basically, it must apply that “the voting behavior in factual questions must follow reason”. The opposition from the CDU, AfD and FDP has great influence in the Erfurt state parliament because the red-red-green coalition government of Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) does not have its own majority – it is missing four votes. (dpa)

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