The next scheduled parliamentary election is due in 2021. Then new candidates compete for Union and SPD, the court, the Chancellery. But now, two and a half years previously, has been associated with Olaf Scholz, first politicians themselves into the game. In the own party, for clear criticism.

This is the date of the statements of the Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor. “The last thing SPD needs before the important European elections, is a candidate for Chancellor-to lead the debate,” said the SPD state boss of North Rhine-Westphalia, Sebastian Hartmann, the Newspapers of the Funke media group. The European election is in may. “I expect after the difficult year of 2018, all the representatives of the party leadership to focus on the important things,” said Hartmann.

Also in lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil does not find the time is wrong to talk about possible candidates for Chancellor: “at The Moment, that is the question within the SPD particularly urgent, because the next Bundestag election is still more than two years,” he told the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung”.

“The wrong time, the wrong man and the wrong method”

In an Interview with the “Bild am Sonntag” had been asked Scholz if he believed the Chancellor’s office. “Yes. Mrs. Kramp-Karrenbauer has just said that from a party Chairman, it is expected that you try the office. For a Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Same applies,” he answered. Specifically, Scholz added: “Neither the Union, nor for us, this question is today.”

By his response, he fired the debate, even though. Vice-chief Ralf Stegner reiterated his desire to have a primary to determine a candidate for Chancellor. “I believe that we would consult with several applicants for the Chancellor candidacy, well,” he said of the editors ‘ network of Germany. Most of the members wished to have a competition. “We have not made Self-proclamations of the best experiences,” said Stegner. Martin Schulz, the SPD’s Chancellor candidate of the last election, had brought the Option into the game. Also, Because of the last.

Positively the idea of the editors ‘ network, according to Germany, the two largest SPD-country groups, North Rhine-Westphalia and lower Saxony/Bremen. “We need to have as a party and more courage,” therefore, in a joint position paper of the two group of country heads, Achim Post (Germany) and Johann Saathoff (lower Saxony/Bremen).

It takes courage to go new ways. This also includes the idea of “to determine top candidates by primary, if there are multiple candidates for office belong to”. This is a method, “with some of the national associations of the SPD have already had good experiences”.

The SPD party youth (Jusos) said the statements by Olaf Scholz, they rejected the Vice-Chancellor of your party as a candidate for the Chancellery. “This is the wrong time, the wrong man and the wrong method,” said Juso-Vice-Catherine Andres of the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung”. For you SPD Leader Andrea Nahles is the “first choice,” said Andres, “especially since it is time that the SPD makes a woman Chancellor-candidate”.

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