Kramp-Karrenbauers advance: profiling attempt by SMS

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Kramp-Karrenbauers push

CDU leader Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to build a protection zone in northern Syria. SPD and international partners are irritated.

Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauers “SMS Diplomacy” did not go down well with Heiko Maas Photo: dpa

BERLIN taz / afp | Tuesday noon, press conference in the Foreign Office, a routine appointment. Heiko Maas praises the flourishing relations with Lithuania, whose foreign minister Antanas Linkevičius nods friendly next to him.

But attention is attracting something else: the spectacular suggestion of CDU chief and defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to set up a security zone in northern Syria. She informed Maas by SMS the day before – unusual, after all, it is about the core area of ​​the Foreign Minister. “I do not think much of SMS-diplomacy,” says Maas, without giving a face.

The Foreign Minister emphasizes the “high hurdles for an international initiative”. To Kramp-Karrenbauer's idea “since yesterday, we have some questions from our allies”. The NATO partners are somewhat confused about what this proposal means. SPD parliamentary leader Rolf Mützenich will be even clearer later. If our partners “very excitedly call the Foreign Office,” that was “not good”.

Even more sharply commented the Greens foreign policy Franziska Brantner the proposal. “Mrs. Kramp-Karrenbauer obviously wants to make herself important. Honestly, the proposal raises more questions than it gives answers, “says the opposition MP of the taz.

Ineffective solo action

On Monday evening Kramp-Karrenbauer presented her proposal in parallel in three television interviews. In northern Syria, “in the territory where Turkey invaded,” an international protection zone was to be created. Russia and Turkey are to be included in the planning. As part of the Nato meeting scheduled for Thursday, she wanted to discuss this with the partner states. The Minister of Defense has not become more specific yet.

Above all, she has agreed with her suggestion with hardly anyone. According to Mützenich, on Sunday evening the coalition committee talked about Northern Syria for an hour – without the CDU leader losing word of her plans. Apparently, she has not even informed the sister party CSU in advance.

The irritation was apparently so great that it came on the sidelines of the faction meetings of both coalition partners on Tuesday for a short-term meeting with Foreign Minister Maas, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merkel. In the CDU / CSU parliamentary group meeting Merkel expressed itself then positively. The idea is “always worth trying to implement,” she said, according to participants. “We have a duty to seek solutions to the crisis.” Nevertheless, the assumption remains: Is it a profiling attempt Akks?

This week, the Secretary of Defense has been in office for a hundred days, it's time for the first balance sheets. Kramp-Karrenbauer had not made any big mistakes in the first three months. But she has not been able to profile herself actively. For a woman who wants to become a chancellor candidate, but is controversial in her own party and in polls is bad, this may not be enough.

But whether she did herself a favor with the Syrian advance? Representatives of the Union are on duty dutifully on Tuesday. Group leader Ralph Brinkhaus calls the proposal “good and right”, Horst Seehofer calls it “positive”. The fact that she has angered the SPD with her solo trip, could still take revenge.

On Thursday in the Bundestag a roll call vote on the extension of the anti-IS use of the Bundeswehr in Iraq and Syria on the program. SPD parliamentary leader Mützenich wanted to quit the one a few months ago, then embarked on an extension.

If the leader of the CDU now has “completely new ideas,” according to the SPD faction leader, then the extension of the anti-IS mission could be removed from the agenda for the time being. He sounds like an opposition politician who mokantly illuminates the weaknesses of the government.

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