Thuringian state parliament: Kühnert warns CDU against cooperation with AfD in Thuringia

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    The Thuringian CDU parliamentary group wants to assert itself in the dispute over distance rules for wind turbines with a legislative initiative. But it would only be successful with the votes of the AfD.

    SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert warned the CDU in Thuringia against working with the AfD and also appealed to CDU leader Friedrich Merz.

    “Leadership is now required in the CDU, because the authority of party leader Friedrich Merz is also being challenged in the state parliament in Erfurt,” said Kühnert to the “Spiegel”. The Thuringian CDU parliamentary group sees itself in a bind in the dispute over a 1000 meter distance rule for wind turbines to residential buildings because the AfD has sided with them. In Thuringia, the AfD is being monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution because of right-wing extremist tendencies.

    A law against the votes of the red-red-green minority government is “a majority law by Höcke’s grace,” said Kühnert, referring to the AfD state and parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke. “There has never been anything like this and there should never be.” Apparently, the CDU is of the opinion that in cooperation with the AfD, the exclusion zone only begins with joint coalitions. “Anyone who argues like that has learned nothing.” The CDU now had a few days to spare the Free State of Thuringia a “disservice”.

    “We independently bring in content-related initiatives that correspond to our goals and beliefs – regardless of who is for and who is against,” said CDU faction leader Mario Voigt on Friday in Erfurt. In principle, it must apply that “voting behavior on factual issues must follow reason”. The opposition from the CDU, AfD and FDP has great influence in the Erfurt state parliament because the red-red-green coalition government of Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) does not have its own majority – it is missing four votes.