The ex-prime minister of the Left Party is looking for a way out of the government crisis. A meeting with the CDU/CSU is to take place on Monday.
My right, right seat is empty: Bodo Ramelow wants to seek solutions with the CDU Photo: Martin Schutt/dpa
Former state premier Bodo Ramelow (Left Party) continues to approach the CDU in search of a way out of the Thuringian government crisis. Ramelow told the German Press Agency in Erfurt that he is willing to reach an agreement with the CDU on tasks such as the state budget for 2021 or an investment program for the municipalities.
For the first time since the election of Thomas Kemmerich (FDP) with AfD votes as prime minister, representatives of the Left, SPD and Greens want to meet this Monday in Erfurt with a working group of the CDU faction. The aim is to explore options for a new political start.
CDU Secretary General Raymond Walk confirmed that the date would be kept regardless of the personnel turbulence in his party. On Friday, CDU state leader Mike Mohring had announced that he would not run again for state party leader. The meeting is "not about who will come out the winner or loser," Ramelow said. "I wish that we establish so much trust that the state of a one-person government in Thuringia does not continue for another six months."
Kemmerich’s election had caused a political tremor in Thuringia and Germany. After his resignation, the FDP politician is currently still in office on a caretaker basis and without a minister. Ramelow wants to face another state premier election if there is a majority for him without AfD votes – which requires at least four votes from the CDU or FDP.
Clearing the way for new elections
Looking ahead to the meeting, the Left Party politician said, "I hope that it will be possible to reach agreements with the CDU so that the incipient state crisis is averted if possible." Ramelow had suggested that he would clear the way for orderly new elections after his election – if possible after an agreement on the state budget for 2021 to keep Thuringia capable of acting until a state election.
"There can be no ‘business as usual’ with the simple arrival of a red-red-green minority government after the events of Feb. 5," Ramelow said. If elected, he said, the minority government would start work. "However, the preparation of the budget would be done jointly with the CDU and FDP," he offered. And, "We also have to reach an agreement for new elections together."
A dissolution of the Thuringian state parliament requires 60 of the 90 votes. Red-Red-Green together has 42 votes, the CDU 21 and the FDP 5.