Is the “fire wall” to the AfD in the Thuringian state parliament crumbled by the CDU? A planned bill would only be successful with their approval. The prime minister proposes an alternative.

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) has accused the CDU parliamentary group of an “ideology-driven blockade policy on wind power expansion”.

At the same time, he offered the largest opposition group talks in the dispute, which is currently making waves nationwide because of the announced support for the CDU plans by the AfD. The emerging coalition agreement between the CDU and the Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia on the subject of renewable energy could serve as a model, said Ramelow of the German Press Agency in Erfurt.

“A good way will be described there and it currently also reflects the constraints that have arisen from Russia’s ability to blackmail energy.” Ramelow spoke of a blueprint that black-green in North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein could deliver on the subject of renewable energies for Thuringia. Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund (Greens) also made an offer to talk to the CDU.

The CDU parliamentary group is politically in a bind with a draft law to change the Thuringian building code, which is intended to introduce the distance regulation between wind turbines and residential buildings in Thuringia. The reason is that it can only be decided with the votes of the AfD and FDP, the minority government of Red-Red-Green rejects it. AfD faction leader Björn Höcke has already announced support for the change in the law. The actions of the CDU parliamentary group therefore met with harsh criticism from federal politicians from the SPD, Greens and FDP.