Carsten Linnemann im "Early start": "The pressure on Armin Laschet was brutal"

Union faction vice Linnemann thinks Armin Laschet’s willingness to resign is correct. He does not want to bury Jamaica either – although the traffic light probes are going so well that SPD Environment Minister Schulze is already speaking of a “new style of government”.

The vice-leader of the Union parliamentary group, Carsten Linnemann, supports the willingness of his party chairman, Armin Laschet, to step down from the CDU party chairmanship. “That was also brutal – even in human terms it was no longer bearable, the pressure there was,” he said in the “early start” double interview at ntv with Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. Now the way is clear for a realignment within the CDU, said Linnemann.

When looking for a successor, Linnemann wants to involve party members. He does not consider a membership decision to be feasible. “I am open to questioning, I would even support it,” said the CDU politician, “there is no decision because in the end the delegates have to decide.” He did not want to comment on who could become Laschet’s successor and whether he would be available himself.

Despite the quarrels at the top of the CDU, Linnemann does not want to bury Jamaica yet. If it came to that, the Union would be able to act. “Personally, I think Jamaica is a constellation where there can be new beginnings and renewal,” he said. However, he sees the likelihood of a Jamaica coalition dwindling. The Union lost the election. That is a fact. “The SPD has the ball,” said Linnemann, “the traffic light has a very high probability”.

Traffic light explorations: This is where a “new style of government” emerges.

The talks between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP began on Thursday and will continue next week. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze describes the atmosphere in the traffic light explorations as trusting and serious. “I am glad that this is happening at the moment and that a new style of government is emerging,” said the SPD politician in the “early start”. As a top politician, she also does not know in detail what is being discussed in the talks. “It doesn’t even have to be widely discussed in the party, but I have confidence in those who negotiate for us,” said Schulze.

The SPD has won, but it does not have the sole majority. In this respect, it is clear to everyone that not all points from the election manifesto can be enforced. But the big challenges are clear to everyone – one of them is climate protection. “Now we are in great agreement that the expansion of renewable energies, for example, must go ahead and that is something that, as Environment Minister, reassures me very much,” said Schulze.

Whether there will be a membership decision on a possible coalition agreement has yet to be decided together. She believes the December party conference could be a good date to take this decision.