The negotiations of the Left, SPD and Greens with the CDU for a way out of the government crisis in Thuringia are making progress. The talks were positive, said former Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left). "You see us relaxed. We are working." The four parties would not fight "for every millimeter of land". Ramelow did not want to comment on the details.
Negotiations said that the CDU could now be willing to help Ramelow achieve the necessary majority in the state parliament in a prime ministerial election. The alliance of the Left, SPD and Greens he favored lacks four votes in parliament for a majority in the first ballot.
Ramelow had stated on several occasions that he would only take the risk of being re-elected prime minister if a democratic majority was certain and that he was not in danger of being voted on by secret vote with the AfD. It is said that the CDU parliamentary group is not making a commitment to Ramelow's election, but only a group of CDU MPs, who should not be named.
According to the Spiegel , the issues on which the government would then consult with the CDU would be debureaucratisation, internal security, a financial package for municipalities, doctors and local transport for rural areas.
The time for new elections remains in dispute
The decision of the Federal Party not to cooperate with the Left or the AfD could thus be adapted to the Thuringian situation. In the past few days, several CDU politicians, including Thuringia's former prime ministers Christine Lieberknecht and Dieter Althaus, as well as parliamentary and party leader Mike Mohring, have called for more scope in implementing the incompatibility decision.
The four parties have also agreed on a stability pact for Thuringia. Among other things, this is to ensure that the AfD is not the decisive voice in political decisions in the state parliament, it was said from negotiating circles in the state parliament. Details of the structure of the pact were initially not known.
The timing of new elections remains controversial between the four parties, it was said from negotiating circles. The left and the SPD are in favor of new elections before the summer break of the parliament, the CDU wants an appointment at the earliest in 2021 when a state budget is decided. The party wants to avoid a rapid dissolution of the parliament because the CDU would suffer large losses according to the latest polls and would lose several seats in the state parliament.
Thuringia has been in a government crisis since February 5 because the FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich was also elected as the new prime minister with the votes of the AfD and CDU. He resigned three days later without naming a cabinet minister. Since then, the 55-year-old has been managing director and sole member of the state government. He was the first head of government in Germany to come to his office with the help of the AfD. His choice had sparked outrage and protests across the country.