Sleep deprivation as a policy tactic? The candidate for the SPD presidency, Klara Geywitz, accuses Chancellor Angela Merkel of wanting to wear down her political opponents.
The candidate for the SPD presidency, Klara Geywitz, has accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of wanting to wear down her opponents through sleep deprivation. "In Angela Merkel, carryover of decisions and sleep deprivation are a means of politics," said the co-candidate of Olaf Scholz the "Bild am Sonntag".
"But it does not fit into the present day that almost every coalition committee lasts until dawn and politicians then announce with very small eyes their supposedly ingenious compromises that they meet at 5 o'clock in the evening, which is better and healthier."
Coalition committee meets on the subject of basic pensions on Sunday
However, the coalition committee to solve the months-long dispute over the introduction of a basic pension will meet this Sunday already from 10.00 clock. Geywitz is running for the SPD presidency together with Olaf Scholz. The two are in a run-off election against former North Rhine-Westphalian Finance Minister Norbert Walter Borjans and the member of parliament Saskia Esken.
Geywitz said: "This grand coalition must be the last, so the SPD has to become so strong again that there are majorities beyond the Union." In order for the current government alliance to work better with the Union, Geywitz called for a new style of politics and an end to the night-time long-term negotiations. "This tough struggle over months, like the land rent, annoys people, and the grand coalition has to become faster and overcome rituals.
The SPD members can vote in a run-off ballot on the new party leadership from 19 to 29 November. According to this, a party congress will officially confirm the winners in December and vote on the continuation of the grand coalition.
"I think we will solve it, I am quite confident," said Rolf Mutzenich on Wednesday before a joint meeting of the CDU / CSU and SPD executive heads of parliament in Berlin. What did he mean? An agreement on basic rent.