Things cannot go on like this

Things cannot go on like this

Three days have passed. Three days in which there was much analysis and even more talk. The result of the federal election continues to have an effect. Compared to the last election, the CSU has lost 10.5 percent of the vote. The kitzinger local chairman and mayor stefan guntner therefore wishes for personnel consequences.

"I believe in personnel effects of the election." Stefan guntner, mayor of kitzingen

"He rumbled a lot, but he didn’t act."Stefan guntner has little understanding for the approach of the prime minister in recent months. The party’s serious losses were due to this way of acting. Horst seehofer has in any case brought in a lot of credibility. Guntner does not want to formulate an open demand for resignation – as was made by the local association in grobhabersdorf and the district association nurnberg-west at the beginning of the week. But he also says: "i believe in personnel effects of the election."Anyone who loses close to ten percent cannot continue in this way. "This also applies to the CDU."

The re-elected member of the bundestag dr. Anja weisgerber and member of the state parliament dr. Otto hunnerkopf. A discussion about personnel is counterproductive at the present time, says untersambacher. "We have to take care of the issues as soon as possible."During the election campaign, communication with the sister party, the CDU, did not run smoothly. For the voters and the own members, especially the discussion about the refugee question was difficult to understand. "The topic of the upper limit has come up again and again," regrets hunnerkopf.

The refugee issue and the topic of internal security were the most important and pressing topics in the election campaign, confirms dr. Anja weisgerber. It was not by chance that the afd achieved its best results in all of lower franconia in the electoral districts around the initial reception facility in schweinfurt. The CSU has not succeeded in communicating its own successes, such as tightening criminal laws or making it easier to deport criminals to their countries of origin. Your conclusion: many wanted protest elections. And have therefore turned to the afd.

Sabrina stemplowsky, district chairwoman of the young union, is "absolutely stunned" by the good result for the afd. Most afd voters had not made their cross out of conviction, but wanted to give the major parties a piece of their mind. The back and forth on issues such as the refugee question, but also on gay marriage, has put off many of the union’s core voters. "We have lacked a clear course," she regrets. The task now is to win back these voters.

In one year, the next state elections will be held in bavaria. In the federal election, the afd was able to win the most votes in a western federal state on sunday, with 12.5 percent of the vote. According to the wishes of the local CSU politicians, this trend should not be repeated in 2018. "We must therefore make it clear to the voters again that we can solve their problems," demands hunnerkopf. Member of the bundestag weisgerber wants to intensify the dialogue with the voters who have migrated to the afd, but also to the FDP. "I am incredibly disappointed that we have not been able to describe to these people what we have achieved in the last four years," she says.

Stefan guntner also believes that the CSU can regain many of the lost votes. Horst seehofer, however, could become a burden in the process. There is not only a merkel-must-go mood in parts of the country, but also a seehofer-must-go mood. "And if the image of the candidate is bad, people are hardly interested in the content," he warns.

"I wish for jamaica to be a success." Sabrina stemplowsky, district chairwoman of junge union

First, however, the coalition negotiations in berlin are on the agenda. And that requires a strong party leader. Horst seehofer is therefore in no way open to discussion for her, weisgerber emphasizes. The roadmap for the coming days and weeks is clear: first, set a clear course within the union, then enter into talks with the other parties in "absolute agreement. With regard to the refugee issue, for her that means: further suspending family reunification and declaring the so-called maghreb states (algeria, morocco and tunisia) safe countries of origin.

"The negotiations for a jamaica coalition will certainly be difficult," says weisgerber. But in a democracy, everything must be done to provide a government capable of action.

Sabrina stemplowsky takes a much more relaxed view of the situation. "I even wish that jamaica will be a success," she says. With this slogan, german politics might finally get the fresh impetus it needs. Together with the greens, the environmental issues that are also close to the CSU’s heart could be tackled. "Besides that, I also have a little liberal heart beating inside me," says the businesswoman from the kitzingen district.

At least one that draws positive conclusions from the federal election results.

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