Fight against the right: Union parliamentary group blocks democracy promotion law – Seehofer “extremely disappointed” – politics


In the dispute over the planned Law for the Promotion of Democracy, the federal Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer (CSU), harshly attacked the Union faction in the Bundestag. The blocking of the CDU / CSU MPs “puts this important project in jeopardy,” Seehofer told “Spiegel.” He was “immensely disappointed” by those who “are damaging the good work of the federal government in this legislative period with their destructive actions.”

The parliamentary group of the Union withdrew its support for the law planned to “strengthen and promote defensive democracy.” Therefore, the planned treatment of the cornerstones in the federal cabinet failed last Wednesday. Seehofer had drawn up the proposal together with the Federal Minister for the Family, Franziska Giffey (SPD). The key point is to allow the federal government to permanently support initiatives against extremism. Until now, this has only been possible on a project-specific basis.

“The fight against right-wing extremism is a central concern of the grand coalition,” emphasized Seehofer in “Spiegel.” The leader of the SPD, Saskia Esken, described the behavior of the faction of the Union as an “accusation of poverty”. How many murders and crimes would have to occur “before the conservative parties finally realize that the danger is coming from the right?” He asked in the “Spiegel”.

The national political spokesman for the Union’s parliamentary group, Matthias Middelberg (CDU), told “Welt” on Saturday that the current version of the key points “is not subject to approval.” “In particular, it does not contain the grant recipients’ written commitment to the principles of the free democratic basic order of the Federal Republic of Germany, which we demand. Such a commitment should be a matter of course,” Middelberg said.

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CDU and CSU want to defend themselves against left-wing extremists

Middelberg also reiterated fundamental doubts about the meaning of the proposed law. From the point of view of the parliamentary group of the Union, there is no imperative for the Law for the Promotion of Democracy, he told the “Welt”.

The “Spiegel” quotes a letter from two vice-presidents of the Union’s parliamentary group, Thorsten Frei and Nadine Schön (both CDU), to Giffey. In it they announced “fundamental reservations” on the key points.

Consequently, Frei und Schön also criticizes the lack of provisions for a compromise with a free and democratic basic order. According to “Spiegel”, the CDU and the CSU want to defend themselves against left-wing extremists, for example. In addition, the Union parliamentary group wants to ensure that money also flows to federal voluntary service through the new law. (AFP)