Friday 20th August 2021
Flower in the ntv early start
“Scholz slips past like that”
CSU General Secretary Blume calls for Chancellor candidate Laschet to be more committed to the federal election campaign. There is upward potential in the surveys for the Union – but more because of Markus Söder.
The General Secretary of the CSU, Markus Blume, has demanded clearer announcements from the Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet in the election campaign. “I think it is urgently necessary that we as a Union now make it clear that the candidate for chancellor says which way he wants for Germany,” said Blume in the ntv early start.
Blume also demanded from the CDU politician for the election campaign: “There is only one word that is necessary now: full throttle, we have to accelerate.” The Union officially opens its federal election campaign tomorrow, Saturday. Blume described the day as “crucial”.
“Huge potential upwards”
Blume went on to argue that there is “tremendous upside potential” in view of the Union’s current polls. Blume justified this as follows: “Incidentally, also when measured against the tremendous popularity that Markus Söder still enjoys.”
Blume emphasized that Laschet also played a role in Bavaria: “It is advertised across the board in Bavaria, but poster alone is not enough here.” An election campaign also lives from the debate about one’s own convictions and ideas, according to the CSU politician.
Regarding the current polls of the other parties, Blume said that the Greens were “no longer getting into their own”, which was due to the mistakes made by Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock. Olaf Scholz could just “push past” with the SPD, but “honestly not through his own efforts,” said Blume.
“Gives responsibility for local staff”
With regard to the local workers who are being evacuated from Afghanistan, Blume said: “There is of course an obligation that we take care of this group of people as best we can, and that usually also means trying to get them out of Afghanistan.”
Blume analyzed the start of the evacuation mission as follows: “There were some teething problems at the beginning, but I would still say: The airlift is now in place and things have actually been implemented quite well.”
In general, when coming to terms with the mistakes made during the Afghanistan mission, “it is not about clarifying questions of guilt about what may have gone wrong by whom in the last 20 years,” said Blume. Rather, one has to draw the right conclusions. That is why, according to Blume, a commission of inquiry is more appropriate than a committee of inquiry.
In response to repeated inquiries as to whether the ministers currently responsible would not have to draw conclusions from the latest debacle, Blume replied: “This Afghanistan mission has a history that goes back 20 years. That means: The people who are responsible for this Afghanistan mission , they are all no longer in office. “