Status: 10.12.2023, 11:36 a.m.
By: Ekaterina Jalunina
Hendrik Wüst, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, would like to see a stronger SPD. © Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa
Hendrik Wüst warns of an increasing instability of the traffic lights. The SPD in particular is responsible for the strengthening of right-wing forces.
Düsseldorf – Hendrik Wüst sees the German government in a dangerous instability because of the weakness of the SPD, which could favor right-wing populists. Speaking to the German Press Agency, Wüst said: "The crisis of the traffic light is particularly a crisis of the former people's party SPD." He further emphasized that it would be beneficial for Germany if the SPD took a stronger position to contribute to the stability of the country.
Wüst warns of the strength of right-wing populists and right-wing extremists in North Rhine-Westphalia, especially in areas that used to be strongly influenced by social democracy. He argued that a centrist alliance is necessary to successfully address major challenges such as education, migration, finance and the climate-neutral transformation.
CDU man Wüst warns of the consequences of weakness of the center and traffic light disputes
The Prime Minister also warned of the consequences of the political centre's inability to provide adequate responses to current crises. He pointed to the AfD and the election victory of right-wing populist Geert Wilders in the Netherlands as examples of how the political landscape can change when the centre is unable to act.
Wüst also took up the topic of the long-lasting disputes within the traffic light parties SPD, Greens and FDP in Berlin and criticized it. In his opinion, the disputes there often only end when a minimum compromise has been reached, which can then no longer be changed. This would then be pushed into the Federal Council according to the motto "eat or die". This problem is the reason why three major projects of the Federal Government failed in the last Bundesrat meeting.
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Wüst explained that leadership in such times means bringing people together and forging alliances across the democratic spectrum. In addition, he said that leadership also includes the ability to work out sustainable compromises that have broad support.
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The 48-year-old is being touted alongside CDU party leader Friedrich Merz and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) as the CDU's possible candidate for chancellor in the 2025 federal election. When asked whether he would be ready, however, he kept a low profile as usual: "I am very happy to be Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia." (Ekaterina Jalunina/dpa)