The three candidates for chancellor give everything again

A few days before the federal elections, the parties made another final spurt at the closing events – and unpacked your elbows. Also against possible coalition partners.

Two days before the federal elections, the parties campaigned for the approval of the undecided voters at the final rallies. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) appeared in Munich on Friday in support of Union candidate Armin Laschet. SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz got his supporters in Cologne in the mood for the intended change of government. And Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock campaigned in Düsseldorf for a “new departure”.

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Merkel promoted the union parties for the joint election campaign of the CDU and CSU in Munich, because they stand for “measure and middle”. The Union builds bridges “when new problems arise”. That is why the CDU and CSU are the parties “that have to lead the next government,” she said. Laschet, who spoke after her, again demonstrated the solidarity with CSU boss Markus Söder. “Armin and Markus, it will be a great team and we will rule the Federal Republic together,” he said in Munich. In addition, Laschet warned again against a federal government made up of the SPD, the Greens and the Left.

For his part, Söder accused FDP leader Christian Lindner of flirting with a traffic light coalition with the SPD and the Greens, contrary to his original statements: “You can almost feel the immoral vibrations between Scholz and Lindner.”

Scholz on the coal phase-out: “That will be implemented”

Scholz said at his appearance in Cologne: “Many people want a new departure and a change of government.” For this, the course would have to be set on Sunday. The Federal Finance Minister sharply criticized the tax plans of the Union and FDP. Tax cuts in the volume of 30 billion euros for the wealthy were “completely out of time,” said the SPD candidate with a view to the mountain of debt accumulated in the Corona crisis.

Scholz then devoted the focus of his speech to social policy. “We can no longer accept that so many children in such a rich country grow up in poverty,” he advocated basic child protection. He also promised to secure the pension level as well as more recognition for social professions such as geriatric nurses. The rise in rents should also be countered with the construction of new apartments and a rent brake.

Olaf Scholz, SPD candidate for chancellor: He named the Greens as possible coalition partners. (Source: Rolf Vennenbernd / dpa)

Scholz also named climate change as another key challenge for the coming decade. He emphatically supported the nuclear and coal phase-out. “That will be implemented”, he assured, without, however, naming a specific exit date for the coal. In this context, Scholz once again named the Greens as a possible coalition partner, even if they sometimes have “implementation problems”.

Baerbock: “Where were you when the children needed you?”

Green candidate Baerbock reaffirmed her party’s claim to lead the future government despite poor poll numbers. At the end of the Green election campaign in Düsseldorf, she said that many companies in Germany have long been relying on climate-neutral business practices. Now what is needed is a “green-led federal government that sets the framework for this”. In the Bundestag election, the question is whether there will continue to be a “ducking away” with the grand coalition or a “new departure”.

The Green politician reproached the previous governing parties for declaring their commitment to climate protection, but not taking action. “It is not enough to write climate chancellors on posters,” emphasized Baerbock.

The choice continues to be “a choice for a real departure in social policy,” said Baerbock. This included more money for schools, fair wages and a 35-hour week for nurses, as well as a health system that is not geared towards maximizing profit, but rather prevention. Baerbock repeated the demand for basic security for children who could not free themselves from Hartz IV alone – a demand also by the SPD. Baerbock asked them: “Where were you Social Democrats when the children and young people needed you?” In all of its years in government, the SPD did not take care of the children.

Wissler: Scholz “bugs himself against the FDP”

Left-wing top candidate Janine Wissler reaffirmed the goal of a red-green-red federal government in Berlin. If the SPD and the Greens want to implement their election promises and achieve a change in policy, then they will only succeed “with a strong left,” she said. At their appearance, Wissler accused Scholz of “getting involved with the FDP”.

Janine Wissler, top candidate of the left: She affirmed the goal of a red-red-green government.  (Source: Reuters / Hannibal Hanschke)Janine Wissler, top candidate of the left: She affirmed the goal of a red-red-green government. (Source: Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters)

The FDP does not want to hold its final rally until Saturday afternoon in Düsseldorf. Party leader Lindner said on ZDF that he did not see himself in the role of “king or chancellor maker”. His party is “only making a contribution”. As a goal, Lindner confirmed that he wanted to “get as close as possible to the Greens, then we can make a difference, for example in the direction of Jamaica”.

AfD shoots against “elevated political caste”

AfD top candidate Tino Chrupalla took stock for his party. The election campaign of the AfD was “free of disruption and, above all, scandal-free”, said Chrupalla at the final event of the election campaign in Berlin. Co-chairman Jörg Meuthen accused the candidate for chancellor of the SPD, the Union and the Greens of wanting “to continue with the abolition of the nation states “work and ensure more EU centralism. In this context, Chrupalla called on people to vote against the” detached political caste “.

In the “RTL / ntv trend barometer” published on Friday, the SPD retained its three-point lead over the Union. It came to 25 percent, followed by the Union with an unchanged 22 percent. The FDP improved by one point to twelve percent. The AfD lost one point to ten percent. The Greens stayed at 17 percent, the Left at 6 percent.

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