Saarbrücken – Resignations and resignations – the Saar-Greens are currently going haywire!
Above all, the embarrassing appearance of Irina Gaydukova (52), who was elected to second place on the list for the federal election at the state party conference of the Saar Greens, made waves nationwide. In the meantime, she has resigned from the party and has thrown her treasurer’s office at the Saarbrücken local association center.
The local association regrets the move, but also sees it as being due to the “very personal attacks and defamations” on the Internet that Gaydukova had to experience.
With the native Ukrainian and single mother of two, who works as a controller, the local association is losing a reliable member.
Yvonne Brück and Tim Vollmer, spokesman for the local association: “In her application speech, she described her moving migration story, which should encourage many immigrants. Irina explained that even as a woman with a migration background you can achieve something under extremely difficult conditions with diligence and commitment. “
With her candidacy she wanted to stand up for “representing this colorful Germany that makes it so lovable”.
“Stage fright and nervous flutter”
The new state chairman, Saarbrücken’s mayor Barbara Meyer-Gluche (37), said after Gaydukova’s embarrassed silence at the party congress on questions about Green politics: “Of course, in view of the extremely charged mood, Ms. Gaydukova, as a member who has so far only been involved in local politics without rhetoric training, had considerable Stage fright and nervous flutter, which has led to the above situation to a considerable extent. “
She wants to comment this Monday on the further steps after the resignation of her co-chairman Ralph Rouget (53) and the demands from her own ranks that Hubert Ulrich (63) should forego his top spot on the Green Bundestag list.
Rouget (only five days in office!) Is quoted in the media as having resigned because of personal attacks and hostility, especially from inner circles of the party. Right from the start, his election was overshadowed by list voting.
A politician of the Greens really got into a questionnaire: Irina Gaydukova cannot find any answers to current political issues. According to a report, she has now left the party.
The questioning of a Green politician on core issues of her party is currently going viral on the Internet. The recordings show how Green politician Irina Gaydukova is asked for information on current political issues. The 52-year-old woman from Saarbrücken cannot answer any of the questions.
So far, the politician has not responded to t-online’s request. As reported by Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), Gaydukova has since left the party. There has not yet been an official confirmation from the party.
One question is, for example, how you feel about cycling policy. Gaydukova replies: “I am positive” and after a pause adds rhetorically: “How can you expect a different answer from a Green.” The next question: “How do you want to combine social justice and climate protection?” Irina Gaydukova initially remains silent and then asks if she still has time to think about it. Laughter ensues, but she owes the audience an answer.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer takes Gaydukova under protection
She is also asked about trading in CO2 certificates. The Green politician cannot answer that either, looks at the audience with a smile, followed by seconds of silence. That ends the video. The approximately two minutes run into some confusion on the Internet. “That is a fake”, writes one user, for example, another says: “Uff, you should be able to answer such questions as a green MdB in spe.” The video makes “stunned”, writes another Twitter user. Others wonder whether alcohol consumption played a role or whether it might not be the real Irina Gaydukova at all.
The former CDU leader and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, however, took Gaydukova under protection. The CDU politician tweeted that the performance was certainly anything but professional. “But I find the reactions to it on the Internet even more unprofessional and shameful. A person is being destroyed here.”
Gaydukova has been a member of the Greens since 2018 and has been a member of the Central District Council in Saarbrücken since 2019. The 52-year-old is said to have been in second place on the Saar state list for the federal election, but there has not yet been an official announcement.
Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock had previously criticized the election of Hubert Ulrich to number one on the state list. According to the statute of the Greens, a woman must top the country list. Nonetheless, Gaydukova’s chances of entering the Bundestag are slim. According to previous elections, the Saar Greens could only ever have one MP.
Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has paid almost 5.8 million euros to lawyers since 2017 to answer questions about the Freedom of Information Act. It should mainly have been about the car toll.
Every citizen can ask questions – and politicians and authorities are obliged to answer. That is the basic principle of the Freedom of Information Act. But Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) stubbornly defends himself against this form of transparency through citizen inquiries – with the help of lawyers, which he pays out of taxpayers’ money in the millions.
Scheuer paid almost 5.8 million euros for lawyers between 2017 and 2020 to answer 19 questions about the Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Act. This is reported by the “Tagesspiegel”, citing a request for a report from the Greens MP Sven-Christian Kindler.
An average of around 300,000 euros per processing
Accordingly, the legal fees continued to rise: In 2017, Scheuer paid around 537,000 euros, in 2018 then 825,000 euros, in 2019 over 1.9 million euros and in 2020 already 2.46 million euros. On average, a single processing cost a good 300,000 euros.
According to information from the “Tagesspiegel”, the inquiries were primarily about the highly controversial car toll. Green budget politician Kindler criticizes: “Lack of transparency is expensive – for taxpayers.”
Wien After persistent criticism, the head of the Austrian state holding company ÖBAG, Thomas Schmid, is stepping down from his post with immediate effect. The supervisory board had agreed to a mutual agreement with Schmid, announced the ÖBAG on Tuesday. “After the ongoing discussion of the last few months, the supervisory board reassessed the situation around the ÖBAG management board with legal advice.”
Schmid has hit the headlines several times in the past few months. The occasion was chat logs that became known through investigations by the public prosecutor. Among other things, the minutes gave the impression that Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) could have exercised significant influence on the appointment of his confidante as ÖBAG boss in April 2019. Because he has denied this influence, Kurz sees himself exposed to investigations on suspicion of false testimony in a parliamentary committee of inquiry.
The investigations of the Vienna Public Prosecutor’s Office for Corruption and Corruption (WKStA) threaten to slow down Kurz’s political soar. “This is clearly the biggest crisis of his term in office so far,” said political advisor Thomas Hofer of the Reuters news agency. The image of Kurz, who is used to success and who is said to have ambitions for the office of EU Commission President, suffered immensely internationally.
Kurz himself expects an indictment, but not a conviction. He has ruled out a resignation. He is convinced that he has done nothing wrong. “What I definitely know is that I went to the U-Committee with the intention of answering the questions truthfully,” said Kurz.
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Recently, Schmid’s other chat messages appeared, which, among other things, are supposed to prove a planned attack on the ÖBAG works council. The state holding manages eleven industrial holdings, including in the energy group OMV, Telekom Austria and the Post with a current total value of around 27 billion euros. The ÖBAG director Christine Catasta was appointed interim board member. However, you will not apply for the top job, it said. The search for the board of directors will continue quickly.
More: Comment: Sebastian Kurz’s political style of showmanship and camaraderie has reached its limits.
Political experience is not everything, but a lot. That shows the foolish statements of the green top staff. The party is currently overrated because social and economic skills also count in the autumn elections.
We are facing one of the most interesting, if not the most exciting federal election campaigns since 2005. This is mainly due to the fact that, for the first time in the history of the Federal Republic, the incumbent does not run again. But it also has to do with the fact that around four months before the election there is no clear favorite: As things stand, both the Union, the Greens and the SPD have the chance to lead the future government.
The disenchantment of the Greens has already begun. This has to do with sometimes unhelpful, sometimes even dangerous statements by the green top staff: The co-chairman Robert Habeck recently commented in a reckless and irresponsible way about arms deliveries to Ukraine. Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock approved herself a corona bonus, which should actually be due to those who did extraordinary things in the pandemic, such as caregivers or supermarket employees. Politicians are not one of them.
We must not jeopardize our future
Political experience is certainly not the only criterion when it comes to who should run a country like Germany. But the examples given show that experience is an advantage in avoiding mistakes. All previous Chancellors and Chancellors Merkel were previously prime ministers, held an office in the federal government or, in the case of Konrad Adenauer, were mayors of a large city. Of course, you can do without this official experience when choosing a Federal Chancellor – but it also carries risks, as you can see from the foolish statements of the last few days.
For most citizens, the decisive question when casting their votes will be how we secure social security, prosperity and jobs in Germany. Not only ecological, but also social and economic skills will be important.
Gerhard Schröder: “Germany is still a haven of political stability” (Source: imago images)
Germany is one of the largest economies in the world, we live from our strong industrial base and from exports. If we jeopardize these competitive advantages, we are not only jeopardizing our own future, but also that of the entire European Union. Because Germany, together with France, has a leading role in Europe.
We all share the goal of climate neutrality. It is important, and we will be able to achieve it if we encourage innovation. But the same applies here: a sense of proportion and reliability are crucial. Everything that is planned must also be feasible and must not jeopardize our international competitiveness. Therefore, climate protection, as important as it is, must not be made absolute.
Because we have an enormous need for reform in this country if we want to maintain our standard of living. That is why one is also chosen to enable the young people who come from schools and universities to have a secure future. You are also elected because we have to do something about the looming shortage of labor. One is also chosen because we are investing massively in our infrastructure, such as digitization, roads and railways, to ensure competitiveness, and we have to finance these investments solidly. One is elected so that the elderly have a safe and adequate pension and we all have a functioning health system with well-paid caregivers.
Gerhard Schröder was Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1998 to 2005. At the head of a red-green federal government, he implemented extensive social reforms (Hartz laws), among other things. The 77-year-old now works as a lawyer in Hanover, where he lives with his wife, the South Korean economic expert Soyeon Schröder-Kim. He is also chairman of the supervisory board of the Russian energy company Rosneft and the Nord Stream pipeline.
Annalena Baerbock, Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz are close to each other in the surveys. This shows that the voters have not yet made a final judgment and that some movement in voting intentions is possible. Olaf Scholz can score with his expertise and reliability, because as Federal Finance Minister he not only proves that his content is state-of-the-art, but also that he knows the international scene exactly and knows how to behave there.
The democratic parties have a lot of catching up to do
Armin Laschet, on the other hand, prevailed very respectably against an overly researching Markus Söder in an internal power struggle and thus proved his claim to leadership. You shouldn’t underestimate him. In 2017, he brought the CDU back to power in the most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Both candidates have a good chance that their skills will improve the polls of their respective parties again.
The 2021 election campaign will be completely different from previous ones for another reason. My last election campaign in 2005 was marked by large rallies with tens of thousands of visitors. But the street election campaign is largely a thing of the past. This not only has to do with the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic, but also with the change in public opinion formation, which is now increasingly taking place via social media.
The democratic parties still have a lot of catching up to do here and have to become faster and more pointed in their positioning in order to generate attention. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to argue politically profound. But the democratic parties must not leave this field to the extreme right, lateral thinkers or other eccentric movements.
And as a consolation to all those whose polls are currently not particularly rosy, I can say from my own campaign experience what the most important thing is: You have to believe in yourself and be convinced that you will win despite everything. You can only mobilize with this conviction. You don’t know whether you will succeed, but you mustn’t lose heart. According to Heinrich Heine, my motto was always: “Beat the drum and don’t be afraid!” Because whoever fights can lose. Who does not fight has already lost. Without this attitude, my election victories would not have been possible.
And with a view to election day, there is already good news today, regardless of who wins the election in the end: Compared to other countries, Germany is still a refuge of political stability – and will remain so. In the future, too, there will be a policy that will rely on common sense and compromise. Because neither the wandering left nor the right-wing extremist AfD will play a role in the formation of a coalition. That is why so many people abroad envy us. And so we should do everything we can on election day to keep it that way.
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