The AfD is gaining more support than ever. Chancellor Olaf Scholz names what he thinks the right-wing populists benefit from.
Update from June 4, 13:12 p.m.: Green Party leader Ricarda Lang calls for not looking at polls on the heating dispute. The background to their warning could also be that the AfD is currently receiving record approval ratings. "And if climate protection were easy, we could leave it to politicians like Markus Söder," Lang said at the state party conference of the NRW Greens.
According to Lang, the last year and a half with the Ukraine war have shown the "brilliant failure of the fossil fuel policy of the SPD, CDU and CSU". Letting go of the new Building Energy Act now, with a view to the next election, is not a solution. This would mean "that those who have a lot of money invest in heat pumps. And those who are short of cash registers still rely on oil and gas heating." They would be left with heating costs that were no longer sustainable.
Lang declared himself open to suggestions. "We are ready to think about improvements. But this presupposes that there are other ideas. So far, however, we have only heard what is not possible."
AfD poll high: Haseloff accuses traffic light of "steep template for populists"
Update from June 4, 11:33 a.m.: Why is the AfD experiencing a poll high? Opinions differ. Reiner Haseloff (CDU), like CDU leader Friedrich Merz, sees government policy as decisive. "The constant disagreement in the traffic light is a steep template for populists," said Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister of the Bild am Sonntag (BamS).
Haseloff also criticized the ongoing discussion about the planned heating law from the Ministry of Economics with Robert Habeck (Greens). The deputy SPD parliamentary group chairman Dirk Wiese also sees a cause here: "The very high values for the AfD are also due to the debate about Habeck's heating law," he told the BamS. Especially as the SPD, citizens must therefore be provided with a feasible, ideology-free and affordable design.
FDP parliamentary group leader Christian Dürr, on the other hand, does not believe that the dispute in the traffic light coalition is decisive for the AfD poll high. "It is right and proper that there are clear differences between the democratic parties. Only then will people have a real choice."
Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) © Kay Nietfeld/dpa
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Scholz on the AfD poll high: "Bad mood party" benefits from uncertainty
Initial report: Hamburg – The AfD is flying high in the polls – in a survey, the AfD reaches a record level of 19 percent. Chancellor Olaf Scholz sees uncertainty in times of crisis as the main reason for this. Also in view of the success of right-wing populist parties in other European countries, the question arises for him "Why are there such bad-mood parties?", said the SPD politician on Saturday evening (3 June) at the event "Long Night of Time" in Hamburg.
"We live in a time of upheaval, in which many citizens in our countries are not so sure whether the future is on their side and whether they have one." This creates uncertainty "and resonance for parties that praise the past in a bad mood".
AfD in the polls: Scholz fears "resonance chamber for the Trumpists"
In order to counter the populists, "we must ensure that Europe, our countries, have a future in which people can believe". Last but not least, it is about the question of "what holds a society together. The theme of respect," said the Chancellor. "If we can't manage to feel equality" for different career and life paths in a society that has become more open, "then we will have a lot of resonance space for the Trumpists, the Brexiteers or even for the AfD."
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. © Monika Skolimowska/dpa
The AfD had recently caught up with the SPD with 18 percent in the ARD "Germany trend". An Insa survey for the Bild am Sonntag sees the party, which is classified by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution as a right-wing extremist suspected case, even at 19 percent - also on a par with the SPD. (dpa/frs)