The green campaign theme “area gassing” had its justification

In addition to party leader Hubert Aiwanger, MEP Ulrike Müller, District Administrator Armin Kroder, party vice Michael Piazolo and the three MPs Florian Streibl, Thorsten Glauber and Peter Bauer will take part in the Free Voters.

Led by the two top candidates, the Greens even want to go into talks with an eight-person delegation. Besides Katharina Schulze and Ludwig Hartmann, these are the regional heads Sigi Hagl and Eike Hallitzky as well as the Bundestag members Claudia Roth and Toni Hofreiter, Jens-Marco Scherf and Martina Wild.

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The FDP just moved into the state parliament – then it was said that a legal dispute would endanger the election success. Now it turns out: The FDP is probably on the safe side.

The Bavarian FDP has rejected a media report, according to which because of a legal dispute with a district council their entry into the state parliament is at risk. Contrary to what the newspapers of the editorial network Germany reported on Thursday, the dispute is not about the constituency list of Lower Bavaria, but only about a single Passau constituency, said the Bayern-FDP.

FDP: "Serene and optimistic"

Compared to the "Passauer Neue Presse" the district court confirmed that it was only about the candidacy for the district of Passau-West. The district chairwoman Bettina Illein, who was directly affected by the legal dispute, also stated that the district list had not been contested at all.

In the worst case, there is a risk of losing votes in Passau-West – but that is a threat "in no case" the return to the state parliament, announced the FDP. In addition, the dispute has been known for months and there has been no new state of affairs since the civil suit was filed. "The Free Democrats are calm and optimistic about the progress of the proceedings", declared the national association.

Civil action before the regional court

The editorial network Germany, however, had reported that a complaint by the FDP district council from Vilshofen against the entire electoral list of Lower Bavaria was being examined. According to the report, the FDP received 60,634 votes in the disputed electoral districts, which corresponds to a share of 0.45 percent of the nationwide election result. Without these votes, the Bayern-FDP would remain below the five percent threshold.

Original message: Is the FDP threatening subsequent election bankruptcy? Explorations: CSU wants to form a coalition with free voters

The FDP district councilor Hansi Brandl won in December in the race for the candidacy for the constituency against the district chairwoman Illein. Illein was then able to prevail in a new vote. The party’s regional arbitration tribunal granted Brandl’s objection and the federal arbitration tribunal overturned this decision. Brandl then filed a civil suit in a court in Passau.

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The coalition negotiations between the CSU and free voters have started. Meanwhile, the conflict about coming to terms with the bankruptcy continues to smolder in the CSU. 

Five days after the state elections in Bavaria, the CSU leadership is negotiating a possible coalition with the Free Voters. The declared aim of both parties is to forge a civil alliance for Bavaria as quickly as possible. The Bavarian constitution stipulates that a government should be formed quickly. The constituent session of the state parliament must take place no later than November 5, the formation of the government must be completed and the prime minister elected no later than November 12.

Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) named in Bayerischer Rundfunk the goal of forming a government that would guarantee stability. In addition to economic interests, he also wants to address the ecological challenges in particular in the future state government. Söder had also rated exploratory talks with the Greens positively, but he rejected coalition negotiations mainly because of major differences of opinion on internal security.

Aiwanger does not want to deliver show politics

Free voter boss Hubert Aiwanger confirmed on the radio station NDR Info that he did not see any knockout criteria for a coalition. But he called on the CSU to recognize people’s everyday problems and not only "Deliver show politics" and "ideological debates" wanting to lead.

Meanwhile, the CSU is continuing to process its crash by more than ten percentage points to 37.2 percent in the election last Sunday. The outgoing state parliament president Barbara Stamm (CSU) told the newspaper "The world"She said she could not ignore the assessment that the CSU should have paid more attention to the middle class in the election campaign.

For this evaluation there is internal party criticism. "State group leader Alexander Dobrindt has a hard time with my assessment." Stamm said that the CSU had generally not managed to take away people’s fears. "Our political range was too narrow." The issue of asylum had been argumentative essay

Review: Dobrindt’s conservative revolution made serious mistakes

With that demanded by Dobrindt "conservative revolution" she could not do anything, said the tribe, who had left the state parliament because of the loss of votes. It would be more important to her if the CSU took care of those "who are open, committed and value-bound".

The CSU honorary chairman Theo Waigel also criticized his party’s course. The confrontation with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the "revival" the refugee debate had many people "repelled"wrote Waigel in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". He also criticized the one proclaimed by Dobrindt "conservative revolution"; that was a serious mistake.

Overall, the party has lost a lot of its integrative power. Waigel also explicitly sees deficits in environmental policy, which would have favored the election success of the Greens. The green campaign theme "Erosion" had its justification.

Sources used: AFP

It is a rare occurrence: Angela Merkel apologizes for the action in the Maassen dispute. She thought too little about people’s feelings. Can that lighten the mood?

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted mistakes in the case of the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maaßen. Before a meeting of the CDU committees, Merkel said the result of the first consultation of the three party leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD last Tuesday on how Maassen should be dealt with after his controversial statements on the events in Chemnitz, "couldn’t convince". She let herself be guided too much by the fact that after a transfer Maassen, the functionality within the Federal Ministry of the Interior would not be disturbed. "Personally, however, I haven’t given enough thought to what moves people rightly when they hear about a promotion", added the Chancellor. "I very much regret that this could happen."

The new result is now "very fair and also negotiable"Merkel continued. The party leaders Merkel (CDU), Horst Seehofer (CSU) and Andrea Nahles (SPD) agreed on a transfer of Maassen to the Federal Ministry of the Interior on Sunday evening after days of dispute. Maassen is to become a special advisor with the rank of department head and earn as much as before. So his originally planned promotion to State Secretary with higher salaries is off the table.

Merkel demands "full concentration on practical work"

After the renewed government crisis, Merkel is now demanding "full concentration on the practical work" from the grand coalition. "In many places in the last few months we have been too concerned with ourselves"said the Chancellor. "That needs to change." She made a statement on the day one year after the general election.

After the conflict over refugee policy in early summer, the dispute was the coalition’s second violent row. Merkel urged the government partners to do business on Monday. "I will do everything I can to ensure that this happens in the near future"said the CDU chairwoman. "We live in extremely demanding times."

Merkel called for regular meetings of the coalition committee, including the CDU, CSU and SPD "always accountable" to discard what has been achieved. So far, the meetings of the coalition leaders have taken place when one of the parties involved requests them for current reasons.

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Merkel announced such a meeting for next Monday. It should be about "pressing questions" how to deal with diesel cars in the face of impending driving bans. According to the Chancellor, decisions will then be made on this point.

On Sunday there was a top meeting on the diesel issue. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) announced after the consultations with Merkel and representatives of the automotive industry that there would be further talks next week – both within the Federal Government and between the Ministry of Transport and the car manufacturers. The measures should be taken by the end of the week "concretized" said Scheuer.

Parties lose trust

The Maaßen case caused confidence in politics to decline further. In the trend barometer from RTL and n-tv, only a minority of 24 percent trust the Union or the SPD to be able to cope with the problems in Germany. The majority of 61 percent do not attribute any political competence to any party, the RTL media group announced on Monday. At 31 percent, the number of non-voters is significantly higher than in the federal election a year ago, when 24.8 percent of those eligible to vote did not participate or cast an invalid vote.

With a turnout of less than 70 percent, the CDU CSU would now receive 28 percent in the federal government, two points less than a week ago. The SPD loses one point to 17 percent. The Greens would come unchanged to 16 percent, the AfD would increase two points to 15 percent. The left is unchanged at ten percent, the FDP improves by one point to nine percent. "The resentment of many citizens with current politics primarily leads to an increase in non-voters, but not in the radical parties on the left or right"said Forsa boss Manfred Güllner.

In terms of popularity ratings, all politicians have lost votes compared to July. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (minus six points) and Federal Interior Minister and CSU chief Horst Seehofer (minus seven points) lose the most. Only the AfD parliamentary group leaders Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland rank behind the two. Chancellor Angela Merkel remains at the top with 50 points – despite a loss of four points. It is on par with the Greens chairman Robert Habeck.

Seehofer and Söder are also losing their reputation in Bavaria: The Prime Minister has slipped 15 points to 39 points in the Free State since April, Seehofer lost 17 points to 32 points. Merkel is also in Bavaria with 50 points much more popular than the CSU top politicians.

For the Sunday question, Forsa interviewed 2,502 eligible voters from September 17th to 21st, for the politician ranking 1,504 eligible voters from September 19th to 21st.

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Two weeks after the state elections in Bavaria, the CSU and Free Voters are well advanced in their work on the coalition agreement: AfD voters in particular are being looked after. 

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According to the head of the Free Voters, Hubert Aiwanger, talks with the CSU about forming a joint government in Bavaria are progressing rapidly. Most of it has been negotiated, at least in broad terms, Aiwanger said on Friday on Südwestrundfunk. He was optimistic about the delegates to the general meeting on Saturday "in broad terms" to be able to present the coalition agreement with the CSU.

Aiwanger rejected the accusation that the two future government partners are too indistinguishable. Rather, it creates stability and is a guarantee of stability if, unlike in the federal government, one remains in the same political milieu.

"We don’t want to run after the AfD"

At the same time, Aiwanger relativized his statement that he was striving to deal constructively with the AfD, which had recently moved into the Bavarian state parliament. "We don’t want to run after the AfD"said the chief free voter. "Of course, we want to take over issues and win back groups of voters who voted for the AfD"said Aiwanger. "We have to solve their problems in order not to make them susceptible to voting again in the future."

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The CSU and Free Voters started their coalition negotiations a week ago. After losing more than ten percentage points in the state elections, the CSU is dependent on a coalition partner and, after an exploratory round, decided on the Free Voters and not a coalition with the Greens, which is also possible. If a government were to be formed, the free voters would be involved in a state government for the first time in Germany.

Sources used: AFP

Some members of the new AfD parliamentary group in the Bavarian state parliament are observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. One of the reasons for this is a possible connection to the right-wing extremist scene "Individuals who won a mandate for the AfD in the state elections on October 14th", according to a spokesman for the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution "Munich Mercury".

It is unclear whether the group members concerned will also be observed as MPs. This is currently being examined, the report said. Increased thresholds apply to the observation of elected officials. The AfD as a whole is currently not monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

It was already known that a low double-digit number of people within the AfD, including functionaries, was in the focus of the intelligence agencies. "The number has shown an upward trend over the course of the year"the spokesman told the paper.