“Wind peace” in Thuringia? Ramelow makes an offer to talk

Is the “fire wall” to the AfD in the Thuringian state parliament crumbled by the CDU? A planned bill would only be successful with their approval. The Prime Minister proposes an alternative.


Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) has offered the opposition CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament in the dispute over wind turbines before a possible scandal.

The basis could be the emerging coalition agreement between the CDU and the Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia on the subject of renewable energy, said Ramelow of the German Press Agency in Erfurt. The dispute, which is about a 1000 meter distance rule for wind turbines in residential buildings, has made waves nationwide because of the announced support for the CDU plans by AfD parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke.

Ramelow spoke of a blueprint that black-green in North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein could deliver on the subject of renewable energies for Thuringia. “A good way will be described there and it currently also reflects the constraints that have arisen from Russia’s ability to blackmail energy,” said the left-wing politician. Thuringia’s Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund (Greens) also offered the CDU talks on the basis of an NRW energy paper and a “wind peace” with the suspension of the state parliament vote this week.

Harsh criticism also at federal level

The CDU parliamentary group is politically in a bind with a draft law to change the Thuringian building code, which is intended to introduce a distance regulation between wind turbines and residential buildings. The reason is that it can only be decided with the votes of the AfD and FDP. Ramelow’s red-red-green minority coalition rejects the distance regulation. The actions of the CDU parliamentary group met with harsh criticism from federal politicians from the SPD, Greens and FDP. According to MDR Thuringia, CDU faction leader Mario Voigt rejected the criticism, but was open to talks.

“What is looming in Thuringia is alarming. It is not a matter for a federal state,” said Katja Mast, the first parliamentary secretary of the SPD parliamentary group in Berlin. CDU party leader Friedrich Merz had to intervene, she demanded. SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert made a similar statement. A law against the votes of the red-red-green minority government is “a legislative majority by Höcke’s grace,” said Kühnert to the “Spiegel”.

Ramelow: “Ideology-driven blockade policy”

Ramelow accused the CDU parliamentary group of an “ideology-driven blocking policy on wind power expansion”. She would currently endanger jobs with her insistence on the 1000 meter distance rule and the prevention of systems on fallow land in the forest. “The Thuringian economy wants to use regenerative energy. It’s about security of supply.”

This applies in particular to the energy-intensive glass industry with its around 7000 jobs, which is due to switch from gas to electricity in view of the high prices and dependence on imports. In addition, the federal government has announced that two percent of the state area in Germany should be reserved for wind turbines in the future. “It will come,” said Ramelow. In Free State, the proportion is currently only 0.4 percent.

The opposition from the CDU, AfD and FDP has great influence in the Erfurt state parliament because the red-red-green coalition government does not have its own majority – it is missing four votes.

The CDU and the FDP have already had negative experiences in dealing with the AfD in Thuringia. On February 5 1000, the FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich was elected Prime Minister of the Free State with votes from the AfD, CDU and FDP. The AfD had dropped its own candidate without votes and voted for Kemmerich. The event triggered a nationwide storm of indignation. After public pressure, Kemmerich announced his resignation one day after the vote. (dpa)

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