Status: 10.12.2023, 16:06 PM
A session of the state parliament in the Brandenburg state parliament. © Soeren Stache/dpa/Archivbild
Competitors in the election campaign and yet governing together? Less than ten months before the state elections, the coalition in Brandenburg is not in an easy situation. There is strife on the open stage. But is it still too early for a profiling course in the three-party government?
Potsdam - Less than ten months before the state elections, the governing coalition of SPD, CDU and Greens is crunching. While CDU top candidate Jan Redmann verbally attacked Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD), the Greens and SPD criticized Interior Minister Michael Stübgen (CDU) in particular for his migration policy.
The opposition Left faction called on the SPD on Sunday to convene a coalition committee because of controversies within the government. Substantive work instead of election campaign mode is needed, demanded parliamentary group leader Sebastian Walter.
The CDU state chairman Redmann, who was chosen as the top candidate for the state election on Friday evening and wants to become prime minister, had struck a sharp tone against the coalition partner and Woidke. Redmann said at the CDU state delegates' meeting, among other things: "Brandenburg does not need a prime minister who jumps off like a tiger in Potsdam and ends up in Berlin as a cuddly cat." He accused Woidke of not sufficiently representing the interests of the people of Brandenburg vis-à-vis the traffic light government in Berlin.
The state SPD in Brandenburg was relaxed at the weekend. "The government is working together in a spirit of trust. The fact that the CDU wants to make a name for itself almost ten months before the next state election does not change anything," said the general secretary of the Brandenburg SPD, David Kolesnyk, on Saturday. He referred to Woidke's successes and Brandenburg's good economic growth of 6 percent in the first half of 2023.
There has been a dispute within the coalition on migration policy for some time. After the Greens, the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament recently attacked CDU Interior Minister Stübgen and accused him of populism in connection with the fixed controls at the Polish border. The SPD interior politician Uwe Adler also accused Stübgen of a lack of commitment to the work of the police.
The Ministry of the Interior admitted that no statistics were kept on the overtime worked by police officers. Shortly before, the State Audit Office had uncovered that around 25,000 rounds of ammunition had disappeared during the police shooting.
Left faction leader Walter said in a statement on Sunday that the state government should find its way back to substantive work. Before the election next September, it is too early to stop work and switch to election campaigning. Walter also called for the government to "flip the switch" in education policy and invest at full speed in skilled workers and education. Prime Minister Woidke should finally make education a top priority.
In election polls, the AfD clearly emerges as the strongest force in Brandenburg. According to pollsters, the coalition partners would have to accept a minus: the SPD would get 20 percent, the CDU 18 percent and the Greens eight percent. In the 2019 state election, the SPD had become the strongest force in the state parliament with 26.2 percent of the vote. Dpa