Laschet warns against ‘ideological experiment’ of potential progressive government

After losing the 26 September election to the SPD, calls for top-level personnel to step back had become loud, as ally after ally left Laschet’s corner. [EPA-EFE/ Thomas Niedermueller]

CDU candidate Armin Laschet on Wednesday warned of economic consequences of an SPD-Greens-Linke government, after the potential coalition option had gained traction in the past weeks.

“The whole of Europe is looking to keep this country stable. If we start with some ideological experiments here, then we tear down the others with us,” Laschet said when presenting an economic election paper.

According to him, if a red-green-red government would increases taxes and there is a risk that many companies will migrate abroad.

Laschet also again criticised his main rival, Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, over the recent investigations against the money laundering in his ministry as well as over the Wirecard and the Cum-Ex scandal.

The latest Insa polls, however, put Scholz’ SPD at 25% and Laschet’s CDU/CSU bloc at 20%. The Greens stood at 16%, the pro-business FDP at 13%, the far-right AfD at 12% and the Linke at 7%.

Most experts believe a three-way coalition of SPD, Greens and Die Linke is the most likely outcome of the German election, a scenario that could take several months to negotiate, during which time Angela Merkel would remain chancellor. But would this work?

In a recent interview with EURACTIV, Die Linke said it was prepared for coalition talks about a progressive centre-left government in Germany after the elections.

Asked why he thinks why mainstream political circles are worried about a progressive German government including the Left, MEP Martin Schirdewan (Die Linke), co-chair of The Left in the European Parliament, said the main reason is that “it would actually provide the chance to change the course of German politics and European politics in a sustainable way”.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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