It would be the taboo break: CDU politicians from Saxony-Anhalt can imagine a coalition with AfD. The leadership of the Christian Democrat party reacts clearly.
The decision of the Federal Party Congress last December is clear on the subject: "CDU Germany rejects coalitions and similar forms of cooperation … with the alternative for Germany." At the state level and especially in the East, however, the discussion does not want to stop. Two of the CDU's top representatives in Saxony-Anhalt are now venturing into a new impetus and urging in a document not to rule out alliances with right-wing populists in principle. The seat of the party, but also other state associations, was clearly disjointed.
In a "memorandum" reported by the "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung", CDU deputy parliamentary leaders in Saxony-Anhalt, Ulrich Thomas and Lars-Jörn Zimmer, ask for cooperation with AfD. "We should not rule out a coalition, but that is not possible now – but we do not know what the situation will be in two or five years," Thomas told the newspaper.
The CDU politician said that the AFD has many radical politicians in its ranks, but that there are also liberal forces. "We have to see which flow prevails." In their article, Thomas and Zimmer write that voters from both parties have similar goals. At the same time, they accuse their party leadership of not having adequately opposed the "multicultural tendencies of left-wing parties and groups" and thus defaming voters. Instead, Thomas and Zimmer call for a return to the nation and a reconciliation of the social and the national.
Major state elections in the east
In Saxony-Anhalt, where AfD is the second largest fraction after the CDU, it will be elected again in two years. But as for the statewide elections in the fall in several East German states, the statements of the two CDU politicians are not without explosives. Given the poor performance of the European elections, the people's parties should fear for the participation of the local government. Stable alliances can be formed in Saxony, Brandenburg or Thuringia almost only in three-way constellations.
By pragmatic but also ideological considerations, as Thomas and Zimmer's "Memorandum" shows, CDU politicians have repeatedly flirted with coalitions with AfD. In Saxony, parliamentary leader Christian Hartmann did not rule out such an alliance after last year's election. Later he weakened these statements, but he always avoided a clear definition.
In Saxony-Anhalt, a joint decision by AfD and CDU parliamentary groups recommended setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate left-wing extremism, although the federal state has mainly problems with right-wing extremism.
Peak CDU: party congress applies
From CDU party headquarters in Berlin on Thursday there was a clear rejection of the black and blue mind games. "This applies, what the federal party has decided," said a spokesman for CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Secretary-General Paul Ziemiak became clearer. "For everyone again, CDU rejects any coalition or cooperation with AfD," he wrote on Twitter.
Also the president of the state of Lower Saxony, Bernd Althusmann, spoke in favor of the exclusion of coalitions with AfD in a clear and unequivocal way. "The decision of the federal CDU party is clear and excludes such alliances," said Althusmann t-online.de. In Lower Saxony, there will be no cooperation with left-wing or right-wing populists, the CDU politician said. This is a matter of clear attitude towards him and his party.
Althusmann added: "Instead of speculating on coalition options with AfD or Left in the near or distant future, such as the People's Party of the Middle, we must focus again on our strengths and formulate our claim to Union as Union with a little more optimism and confidence! "
Several state associations left tononline.de's inquiries with the reference initially unanswered, the role of the SSC politicians from Saxony-Anhalt was not available to them. The state associations of Saxony and Baden-Wuerttemberg declined to comment. Other state associations and the Junge Union did not respond to the request.
In Saxony and Brandenburg a new state legislature will be elected on 1 September. In both countries, CDU and AfD are currently approximately equal in surveys. In Thuringia, where on October 27 is elected, AfD is behind the CDU and left the polls in third place.