CDU does not want to become Ramelow’s junior partner in Thuringia

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eIt was a long run for a remarkable dinner: On Sunday, former Federal President Joachim Gauck invited Thuringia’s executive prime minister Bodo Ramelow (left) and the CDU state chairman, Mike Mohring. Ramelow said that it was about an “open exchange of ideas on democracy issues”. He wanted to talk to Mohring “about project-oriented government work intensively”. Mohring is open to this: “If the Prime Minister invites you to talk to hear our suggestions about which projects will advance Thuringia, we will accept this invitation,” he said on Monday.

Stefan Locke

Stefan Locke

Correspondent for Saxony and Thuringia based in Dresden.

Already after the state election in Thuringia in October, in which the red-red-green government had lost its majority and no other common alliance was in question, Gauck, who had warned as federal president before the left would take over government in Thuringia, had repeatedly for one Approach to the SED successor party pleaded. “The Thuringian Prime Minister was not noticed as a radical,” he said in November of the F.A.Z. “If the parties of the democratic center now find compatible forms of cooperation or tolerance with him, I would find it more pragmatic.”

Jump over the ideological shadow

One reason for Gauck’s plea is that the CDU and Linke have a clear majority in the Erfurt state parliament, but have so far been very reluctant. In addition, both the federal and state CDU have ruled out cooperation with the left and have reaffirmed this in the past week. However, according to surveys, a majority of the population and even CDU voters do not approve of this demarcation. Representatives from Thuringian municipalities and business have long called on both parties to jump over their ideological shadows. Union and left are struggling with this, also because they have worked together for 30 years.

Both Ramelow, who is not the party leader, and Mohring were not averse to the idea of ​​cooperation, although the proposal of a “project government” made by former Thuringian Prime Minister Dieter Althaus (CDU) last week was nothing more than one Would be a coalition that just wouldn’t be called that. This would have advantages for both politicians: Ramelow would not only go down in history as the head of government, who was the first to lead a red-red-green government, but could now also be the first left-wing prime minister, with the CDU as a junior partner governed. Mohring, who was struck after his election defeat, could offer himself and the CDU a power option instead of waiting for an opposition between the AfD and the FDP.

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