world How Bodo Ramelow threaded his Lieberknecht advance

How Bodo Ramelow threaded his Lieberknecht advance

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Dhe expectations were not exactly high in Erfurt when on Monday evening, the first day after the winter holidays, four MPs from the Left, the SPD, the Greens and the CDU met for a discussion in the Thuringian state parliament. It was supposed to be a way out of the crisis that the small country had got into after the CDU and FDP together with the AfD had elected the FDP parliamentary group leader Thomas Kemmerich as the new prime minister.

Stefan Locke

Correspondent for Saxony and Thuringia based in Dresden.

In the shock wave that triggered the event, the federal CDU had immediately lost its head and Thuringia its head of government. Kemmerich is still in office and the work is done by the State Secretaries of the red-red-green predecessor government. Political decisions for the state of Thuringia are currently not being made, the bank of the Free State remained empty at the last Federal Council meeting.

In this situation, the left, in particular, which no longer has a majority with the SPD and the Greens, demanded that the CDU actively vote for Ramelow in the first ballot if the head of government were re-elected in the state parliament. The Union, which also has no majority option in the state parliament, rejected this with reference to the so-called incompatibility decision.

The meeting threatened to remain a hopeless stalemate in advance when, surprisingly, Bodo Ramelow, the former Prime Minister, appeared personally in the discussion round in the evening. Previously, he, who had no party office, refused to participate, but showed understanding for the predicament that the Union and thus Thuringia are currently in. Without the CDU, there can be no majority in the state parliament with and against AfD or the left, but neither can it cooperate with either.

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