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Röttgen demands that the next party leader be politically “in the middle”

Now the traffic light parties are haggling over the details

So far, the SPD, Greens and FDP have only roughly defined the course of a possible traffic light government. Now it’s all about the details: 22 working groups are to work out the building blocks for a new coalition agreement.

The CDU politician Norbert Röttgen speaks out in favor of a new party leader “who has to be in the middle”. A more conservative orientation does not reflect the basis of the party. More in the live ticker.

When deciding on the successor to party leader Armin Laschet, dhe CDU politician Norbert Röttgen warned against an overly conservative orientation of the party. The party needs “conservative ideas, conservative politics and politicians,” said Röttgen on Monday on Deutschlandfunk. However, this only reflects part of the diverse positions at the party base. It is therefore clear to him that the new party leader must “stand in the middle”. Röttgen, who is considered a possible candidate for the Laschet successor, sees himself as a representative of “the modern center” in the party.

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4:38 am – CSU politician Herrmann calls for services for asylum seekers to be checked

Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) has asked the next federal government to review the level of benefits for asylum seekers. “A European asylum law must also achieve a greater level of harmonization of social benefits, otherwise there will never be a fair distribution to other European countries,” he told the “Bild” newspaper. “In addition, the amount of social benefits for people for whom their obligation to leave has already been legally determined must be checked.” Coalition negotiations are currently underway between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, who want to jointly form the next federal government.

04:05 am – German Association of Cities calls for an increase in the heating cost subsidy

The German Association of Cities calls for measures to reduce electricity prices. “The federal government should support those affected – with the electricity price and housing benefits,” said CEO Helmut Dedy of the “Rheinische Post” according to the preliminary report. Nobody should sit in a cold apartment in winter because they couldn’t afford warmth. The heating cost subsidy in the housing benefit for households with low incomes must be increased.

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02.25 a.m. – Oettinger sees Union in the opposition for many years

The former EU Commissioner and former Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Günther Oettinger (CDU), is preparing his party for a longer period in the opposition. “The CDU and CSU are the losers in the federal elections, the traffic light coalition will come and it will take four or even eight years before the Union has a chance to form a government in Germany,” Oettinger wrote in a guest post for “Bild” according to the preliminary report.

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The CDU headquarters in Berlin

The members now have to decide on the reorganization and upcoming personnel decisions in the CDU. The incumbent executives would have to hold back. The focus of personnel decisions should not be on the goal of absolutely preventing a possible candidate from Friedrich Merz.

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00:05 am – Linke calls for the next level of CO2 price hikes to be abandoned

In view of the sharp rise in energy prices, left-wing parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch has asked the future federal government to cancel the planned next stage of the CO2 price increase at the beginning of 2022. “The planned increase in the CO2 price by 20 percent from January should be canceled and the entire market model should be put to the test against the background of the price explosion,” said the chairman of the left parliamentary group in the German editorial network.

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“Energy prices are out of control. The upcoming winter threatens to be particularly expensive, ”he explained. A traffic light government made up of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP must ensure as quickly as possible that energy prices remain affordable for the citizens. It is now necessary to present a “winter energy plan”. This should include a reduction in the price of electricity and a ban on electricity and gas locks, demanded the left-wing politician.

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Olaf Scholz and Angela Merkel in Rome

The price for one ton of CO2 emissions was set at 25 euros for the first time in 2021. It is to be increased to 30 euros in 2022. The federal government wants to reduce the emission of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) through the rising CO2 price.

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CDU: Röttgen demands that the next party leader be politically “in the middle” – WELT

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