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Söder's course determination: traffic light criticism and gender ban

2023-12-05T15:47:00.540Z

Highlights: Söder's course determination: traffic light criticism and gender ban. Prime Minister Markus Söder presented the government goals for the coming years in Bavaria as an alternative to the federal government. "Your oath of office was nothing more than perjury," said AfD parliamentary group leader Katrin Ebner-Steiner. "We are the Silicon Valley of Europe and want to develop Bavaria into the leading high-tech location on the European continent," he said in his first government statement.



Status: 05.12.2023, 16:32 PM

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Markus Söder. © Peter Kneffel/dpa

In his first government statement after the election, Prime Minister Söder outlines the priorities for the coming years. In doing so, he mentions some quite surprising news.

Munich - In a course of about 75 minutes, Prime Minister Markus Söder presented the government goals for the coming years in Bavaria as an alternative to the federal government. "Our coalition of CSU and FW is not a love marriage, but it is more than a marriage of convenience," the CSU leader said on Tuesday in his first government statement in the new legislative period in the state parliament.

AfD parliamentary group leader Katrin Ebner-Steiner attacked Söder in sharp words. She accused him and the state government of the CSU and the Free Voters of pursuing policies to the detriment of Bavaria and against their own population. "Your oath of office was nothing more than perjury," Ebner-Steiner said. "Their policies are the greatest damage to Bavaria since the end of the Second World War." On the eve of St. Nicholas' Day, Söder had delivered a fairy tale hour.

In contrast to the "completely overwhelmed traffic light in Berlin", the state government is focusing on stability, renewal and continuity in the next five years, Söder stressed. "Our goal is that in five years' time, the country and its people will be at least as well off as they are today. Bayern should remain Bavaria, even if half the world goes crazy."

In his speech, Söder, who was re-elected just over a month ago, not only outlined the core contents of the coalition agreement, he also announced numerous innovations. For example, gendering is to be banned in Bavaria's schools and authorities in the future. "For Bavaria, I can say: with us there will be no mandatory gendering. On the contrary, we will even prohibit gendering in schools and administration." The traffic light has long been overrunning with its projects such as cannabis legalization, gendering and the right to self-determination.

As in the previous legislative period, Söder focused on future technologies: "We are the Silicon Valley of Europe and want to develop Bavaria into the leading high-tech location on the European continent." That is why the state government will not only continue the high-tech agenda, but "top it". In order to give the high-tech agenda an additional boost, there should be a new Future Prize from 2024 - the "High-Tech Oscar" for the brightest minds and start-ups in Bavaria.

Söder also has goals for his hometown of Nuremberg: "We will also build Germany's first AI university in Bavaria, in Nuremberg. We are making Nuremberg University of Technology Germany's first university specializing purely in AI: the Franconian University of Artificial Intelligence." In addition, it should be examined whether there is a test track in Nuremberg for a maglev train between the university, the trade fair and the hospital. "It's cheaper than a subway, silent and carbon neutral," he said.

In his own words, Söder also wants to develop the German Space Operations Center in Oberpfaffenhofen into the "Houston of Germany" - Houston is the headquarters of the U.S. Space Operations Center. It is "very likely" that the European lunar control center will be located in Oberpfaffenhofen. Söder had already expressed this idea in the past. Bavaria is now also striving for a test center for future-oriented rocket engines. Söder did not initially comment on specific schedules.

Söder gave the federal government a very bad report: "If Bavaria were alone, I wouldn't worry about the economy. But we are in Germany and we are suffering from the poor location conditions of our nation." The problems are home-made and caused by the traffic lights. "While other countries are experiencing strong economic growth despite the crisis, Germany is falling far behind. We need a different economic policy."

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The belief that the economy can only be strengthened with national debt is a fallacy, Söder said. Germany is not a "country of state dirigisme or state capitalism, but of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises." What is needed are lower taxes, lower energy prices, less bureaucracy and a sensible welfare state. The traffic light government is going in exactly the opposite direction and is ensuring higher taxes, higher energy prices and an escalating citizens' fee. "As a result, the entire economy is slowing down, from corporations to small medium-sized companies," Söder said.

Söder also made a point in foreign policy: "In order to make a clear commitment to Israel and Jewish life, my first trip as prime minister will take place as early as next week." dpa

Source: merkur

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