In Germany of all places, where the Christian Democrats currently have their historically worst poll ratings, the European People’s Party (EPP) is concerned with the future of Christian Democracy.
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) signaled full support for EPP boss Manfred Weber in Berlin and stood behind the CDU chairman and Union chancellor candidate Armin Laschet. He also warned of a red-green-red government in Germany.
“Massive worries” at Linkruck
“If there is a left-wing government in Germany, then that is a massive problem for Europe as a business location,” Kurz told “Welt”. A coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party is “something that would make me extremely concerned”. At the same time he promoted Laschet. “I am convinced that he is the right person to lead Germany.”
Kurz was unimpressed by the Union’s currently weak polls. “One thing I’ve learned is that you shouldn’t look too much at polls,” he said. In the end, the election results often look different. “I’ve read for a long time that the Greens will win, now I read, the SPD will win, in the end the voter decides and not the polling institutes.”
Briefly wants “strong force of the middle”
At the start of the EPP conference, the Federal Chancellor emphasized in an interview with the APA how much Europe now needs a strong center force, namely the EPP. “After a year and a half of the pandemic, in which we had to restrict ourselves massively, our economy was damaged and many jobs were destroyed, it is good that massive economic growth is now taking place again and we have been able to get many people into employment.” Kurz sees “a lot of reason for optimism”. In order for this development to be supported, “a strong central force and a clear and intensive commitment to a strong business location Europe are needed throughout Europe”. That is what the European People’s Party stands for.
The EPP stands for a lower tax burden so that working people have enough to live on, “also for the fight against illegal migration and for advocating the European way of life, which we also have to defend. That is what the EPP is all about . ” He was happy that the EPP was the strongest force in Europe “and that we as the People’s Party in Austria could also make our contribution”.
Plea for respectful treatment of “creation”
At a subsequent press conference, Kurz thanked Laschet for his cooperation as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and wished him all the best for the final phase of the election campaign. He called for a location-friendly policy, where Europe’s competitiveness must be continued as the basis for prosperity in Europe. He referred to the USA, China and other countries with strong economic growth. Kurz also pleaded for a respectful treatment of “creation”.
In addition to Sebastian Kurz, the outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Armin Laschet, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder and conservative top politicians from Greece, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland and Ireland spoke at the Berlin EPP Convention.