Almost a week before the general election, tension rises.
Who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel?
Karl Lauterbach narrows down possible scenarios.
Berlin - SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has been in demand since the beginning of the corona pandemic.
The trained doctor repeatedly gives his opinion on the coronavirus, the measures against it or vaccinations.
Lauterbach often polarizes people and is often hostile.
Lauterbach (SPD) comments on the federal election
In the “Apocalypse & Filter Coffee” podcast, the 58-year-old spoke to Micky Beisenherz about the upcoming general election on September 26th.
In the polls, the SPD around party colleague and Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has been ahead for weeks, quite clearly ahead of the Union.
(Scholz or Laschet? You can get the latest forecasts and first results in our politics newsletter.)
Lauterbach was optimistic that the SPD can confirm its poll high on election day - although the CDU is catching up, according to a new poll.
Anyone who will then govern Germany and succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel will have to show the election result.
From Lauterbach's point of view, however, there are only two realistic options.
Everyone knows “that the SPD and especially Olaf Scholz would never do red-red-green.
Everyone has understood: Either there is a traffic light
(SPD, Greens, FDP; editor's note)
or Jamaica comes
(CDU, Greens, FDP; editor's note)
”, predicted the long-time SPD member of the Bundestag.
He rejected a coalition with the participation of the left.
Karl Lauterbach (SPD) attacks CDU Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet - "Tends to get personal"
And went over to the verbal attack against Armin Laschet.
The CDU politician "tends to get a little personal," said Lauterbach.
"Instead of convincing through the strength of the arguments and the knowledge of things, he tries to conjure up the red danger through the hit songs of the 80s, red-red-green and the like."
That is “too little.
That no longer works. "
At the third and last TV triall on Sunday (September 19), Lauterbach had the impression that CDU candidate Laschet had appeared “relatively without a fight”.
"It seemed a bit as if he had already come to terms with the situation," said the Social Democrat, referring to the Union's weak polls.
Karl Lauterbach (SPD) as a possible Federal President?
"I'm light years away from it"
On the other hand, Scholz, whom Lauterbach has “known for 23 years”, was well prepared and “fully immersed”.
His party colleague comes across as "serious, as someone who can manage the whole thing in these difficult times in which we are on the move," said the medical graduate.
When Beisenherz asked whether Lauterbach himself could also imagine a high office like that of the Federal President in the future, the latter clearly denied it.
"I'm light years away from being Federal President." He knows his limits and does not want to overestimate himself, argued the Social Democrat with a good deal of self-irony.
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