Magdeburg (dpa) - FDP leader Christian Lindner has accused Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) of supporting the federal government's corona policy, contrary to his own convictions.

Lindner criticized the fact that Haseloff described the tightening of the Infection Protection Act as a "low point", but did not object to the law in the vote in the Federal Council.

The fact that the Prime Minister criticized a law in such a way, but then did not use his political influence against it, was "perhaps an expression of the political situation here in Saxony-Anhalt," said Lindner on Thursday at the start of the FDP election campaign for the state election in Saxony-Anhalt in Magdeburg .

Haseloff's CDU had already dealt too little with the pandemic in the black-red-green state government - and too much with other issues such as the dispute over public broadcasting. "The encroachments on freedom caused by the curfew are certainly more serious than the question of whether the radio license fee will be increased," said Lindner. The state CDU had prevented Saxony-Anhalt from agreeing to the increase, and the state government almost collapsed in December in the dispute with the coalition partners SPD and Greens.

Lindner also accused the CDU in Saxony-Anhalt of "partially" unclear demarcations from the AfD.

Lindner ruled out a collaboration with the AfD for the FDP - as well as with the left.

Coalitions with the other parties are basically conceivable, said the FDP leader.

The Greens called on Lindner to also clearly commit to possible alliances.

Anyone applying for the Chancellery must also "show their political colors," said Lindner in the direction of the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock.

This also includes explaining whether the left would be elected chancellor or whether the left would be in government in Saxony-Anhalt.


In the state elections on June 6, the FDP is aiming to return to the Magdeburg state parliament after ten years, polls recently saw it with six to eight percent of the votes.

Top candidate Lydia Hüskens said on Thursday that it was time for a liberal vote in the state parliament "and gladly also in the government".

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