SPD paper: SPD MPs distribute paper with allegations against Von der Leyen
Social Democrats in the European Parliament have distributed a paper containing allegations against von der Leyen. The party leadership does not want to know about it.
The SPD has distributed a document in its parliamentary group in which numerous allegations against Ursula von der Leyen are listed. According to information from the German Press Agency left Jens Geier, Group Chief of German MEPs in the Group of European Social Democrats (S & D), the paper. Most German Social Democrats openly reject Leyen as a candidate for the EU Commission Presidency.
The document entitled "Why Ursula von der Leyen is an Inadequate and Inappropriate Candidate" contains on both sides both current and old allegations against the CDU politician. Described are, among other things, the affair of the use of external consultants in the modernization of the Bundeswehr and the "cost explosion" in the rehabilitation of the naval ship ship Gorch Fock. Even the now ridiculed charge, according to which the Leyen due to plagiarism lead their doctoral title wrongly, is addressed.
Furthermore, the document states that Leyen did not succeed in significantly improving the equipment of the Bundeswehr. This is in a poor state. The publicly announced reversals in this development have been marketing actions. Recent weak election and survey results are cited as evidence of how much of the Leyen has lost popularity. At the end of the text is called by the Leyen as a candidate of the controversial Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
The SPD leadership does not want to know about the paper
According to Thorsten Schäfer-Gumbel, one of the three acting chairmen of the SPD, the party leadership knew nothing about the paper, he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He did not want to give a rating. However, he pointed out that the SPD leadership had neither commissioned nor commissioned such a paper.
SPD group boss Geier has rejected the accusation of having launched a dirt campaign against the Leyen with the paper. The document is a mere fact sheet. He had told after her nomination of the faction on the reporting to von der Leyen in the German media. After that, he was asked to compile the information. "We did that, it was internal information for the members of the group," he said. A spokesperson added, "We see from many reactions that the composition of this escalation is misunderstood as an attempt at public personal harm, which was not intended."
Greens and leftists refuse from the Leyen
Von der Leyen has to make her nomination by the heads of state and government of the EU next Tuesday of the election by the European Parliament. In order to get the required absolute majority, it needs votes from several factions, probably including the Social Democrats. Only the Group of the European People's Party (EPP), which includes both CDU and CSU members, is openly behind it. Since the Parliament overlooked the nomination of the Leyens, she is the support of many MEPs not sure. Originally Manfred Weber (CSU) or the Dutchman Frans Timmermans (Social Democrats) should have been one of the top candidates for the Commission. However, the EU leaders could not agree on either.
Decision of the Green Group! We will vote against @vonderleyen. Unclear climate protection and rule of law in Poland, Hungary, Malta. Vague answers instead of European will to act. Europe needs a stronger, clearer Commission President! pic.twitter.com/w80ivL79HN- Sven Giegold (@sven_giegold) July 10, 2019
In order to increase their chances of being ratified by parliament, Leyen spoke to most of the factions of the European Parliament this week. However, the Greens could not convince them. And also the faction of the left announced not to support them. "After listening to Ursula von der Leyen, who was nominated as President of the European Commission, this morning, the group decided that we would not support her candidacy," said current faction leader Martin Schirdewan. Of Leyens answers to the questions of the deputies had been insufficient to meet "the simplest wishes" of European citizens. It will only continue the chronic problems of the EU.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the SPD leadership agreed with her that there had to be a reasonable dealings with the Minister of Defense. "Some of what happened yesterday in Brussels, I would not put in this category now," Merkel said. "We work for the election of Mrs von der Leyen, and of course, having this situation in the coalition is not easy." Merkel had to abstain in the nomination of the Leyens because of the lack of support of the coalition partner SPD as the only head of government.