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Tübingen Greens elect the next OB candidate with primary election

2021-10-20T20:16:28.287Z

With a primary election, the Greens in Tübingen want to determine the next OB candidate - for the first time. The controversial incumbent Boris Palmer has to worry whether he still has enough support, because many Greens have long held deep grudges against him.



With a primary election, the Greens in Tübingen want to determine the next OB candidate - for the first time.

The controversial incumbent Boris Palmer has to worry whether he still has enough support, because many Greens have long held deep grudges against him.

Tübingen - The Greens in Tübingen want to determine the future candidate for the mayoral election in autumn 2022 by primary election.

The general meeting on Wednesday evening accepted a proposal from the city council with a large majority.

That means: In April the members of the Tübingen city association can decide who will run for the Greens in autumn 2022 for the OB post in the university city.

A nomination event like in the last two elections, when Boris Palmer was the only candidate, will therefore not take place.

In the battle for the town hall, Palmer must now expect competition from within the party.

The application phase lasts until February 28th, and the candidates are expected to present themselves on a podium in March.

The mayor of Tübingen-Weilheim and former parliamentary group leader in the local council, Ulrike Baumgärtner, has already expressed interest.

In the invitation to the meeting, the board had written: "It cannot be dismissed out of hand that the line of dispute in the city on the question of the OB election does not currently go along a party line, but right through us."

Incumbent Palmer did not want to comment on Wednesday.

He won't say anything more about it this week.

"I'll think about it in peace," said Palmer of the German press agency dpa.

Because of numerous provocative remarks, the Greens have long been at odds with Palmer.

The Greens in Tübingen are also divided.

At the beginning of May, a party convention of the Greens in Baden-Württemberg decided to initiate party regulatory proceedings against Palmer.

The reason for this decision was a Facebook post by Palmer about the former German national soccer player Dennis Aogo, in which the mayor uses the so-called N-word.

This term is used today to describe a racist term used in Germany for black people.

The OB protested, however, that his statement was meant ironically.

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Thyssenkrupp is taking the first step towards steel with less CO2

Germany's largest steel group Thyssenkrupp has for the first time produced a large amount of steel with reduced CO2 emissions.

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Less coal has to be used in the blast furnace to melt sponge iron.

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But that wasn't the only distinctive saying from Palmer.

In April 2020 he commented on dealing with corona patients: "We may save people in Germany who would be dead in six months anyway," he said in a television interview.

In September 2018, Palmer claimed that there was an accumulation of fare dodgers among refugees, and added on Facebook: "There is a problem and it is not harmless." The railway denied.

In April 2018, he got upset about a rough cyclist with dark skin: “It's not right for anyone and for an asylum seeker three times.” He later called that a mistake.

In September 2015, during the refugee crisis, Palmer said that Germany “did not have room for everyone”.

In August 2017 his book “We Can't Help All” was published.

dpa

Source: merkur

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