Friday, November 26th, 2021
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Braun calls coalition agreement “imprecise and soft”
Helge Braun wants to become CDU chairman, but initially attacks the future government when he is presented to members. Their coalition agreement is vague, especially when it comes to funding. For his own party, however, Braun has big plans.
The executive head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun, has criticized the coalition agreement presented by the SPD, Greens and FDP as “very half-baked”. “This coalition agreement is relatively imprecise and soft in many places,” said Braun yesterday, Thursday evening, during his online round of introductions for the CDU chairmanship. In the coalition agreement of the last grand coalition, significantly more numbers and goals were defined. The CDU politician saw above all gaps in funding. “There are huge promises of spending and on the other hand there is nothing at all about the financing.”
Braun was the last of the three applicants to succeed Armin Laschet at the head of the party to answer questions from members in the “CDU Live” format. The foreign politician Norbert Röttgen and the former CDU / CSU parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, Friedrich Merz, had already done this before him. In another round of introductions next Wednesday, the three politicians will appear together. This is to be followed by a member survey – the first in the history of the CDU. The result should be a federal party conference on 21./22. Approve January in Hanover.
According to Braun, many of the principles that are important for the CDU are not taken into account in the coalition agreement of the traffic light parties. He cited social policy as an example, such as the statements on Hartz IV. Braun emphasized that “we have to stabilize our social systems for those who really need it, who need help, but not such an excessive welfare state that supports the wrong people”. This is a “very, very central shortcoming” of the coalition agreement.
Advertising like for beauty clinic
Braun also rejected the planned deletion of Section 219a from the Criminal Code, which would remove the controversial ban on advertising for abortions. “As a result, advertising for abortions is just as possible as for a beauty clinic.” This makes it clear that the Union must fight for its values, “because there are socio-political changes pending that we cannot please”. The lowering of the voting age for Bundestag and European elections from 18 to 16, planned by the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, also met with the opposition of Braun.
The confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to his party not to see the new opposition role only negatively. In the past few years the CDU has spent a lot of its energy on Germany and the government. “But now, if the opposition is bullshit too, there is a chance that we will take care of ourselves first.” There is now a process “that the CDU will become the most modern people’s party in Germany or perhaps in all of Europe”.