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Bodo I of Thuringia | TIME ONLINE


Admittedly, the story that tells about Thuringia
will taste a little sweet. But it fits
to similar anecdotes and it only changed a few days ago
again, in an evangelical purpose-built building in the north of Erfurt, in the
the less prosperous of the city live. Mixed on a dark, cold evening
there among the churchgoers a man who despite dark anoraks for everyone
was recognizable as Bodo Ramelow, the incarnate and currently acting Prime Minister.

He had come unannounced and came alone, the bodyguards
were not to be seen when they were sitting somewhere. The head of government
was neither officially welcomed nor adopted, it is his community here
he has been a Christian among Christians for a long time. But of course, the people of the country
recognized him, there was chatter, laughter and a little prayer.

Another story: Kurt Biedenkopf, from the old
Union nobility and once called "King of Saxony", is 90 years old. Next
Tuesday there is a big reception in the Albertinum in Dresden, with Chancellor and
all conceivable Christian conservative pipapo. Ramelow also wants to be there
the Saxon State Chancellery invited him specifically, at the insistence
Biedenkopf. "We both talk on the phone from time to time," says the
Left. "We value each other."

The head of government wants to be in Thuringia in early February Parliament
put to reelection – and this despite the alliance that gave him before five
Years in office, no longer has a majority there: the seizing SPD and
the quarreling Thuringian Greens lost in the state election in October, while Ramelow's left gained significantly and for the first time
became the strongest party in the country. And so the 48 seats are distributed
very heterogeneous majority on the previous opposition parties AfD, CDU and FDP, and precisely in this

The AfD wants to put up a counter-candidate

That Bodo Ramelow still form a minority government
can be because in Thuringia with Left and AfD the two antagonisms
form an involuntary majority in German politics in parliament. In order to
all majority coalitions are automatic without the participation of at least one of the two parties

The rest follow the logic of the exclusion principle. CDU and FDP
don't want with the left. SPD and Greens do not want with CDU and FDP. And
everyone doesn't want to join the AfD. At least still.

The isolated claims from the CDU, it under the
Left to try have been in the committees in Berlin and Erfurt almost panicked
muted. Add to the traditional anti-communist reflexes
the justifiable fear that an opening of the CDU to the left the parallel opening to the
AfD would effect.

So only Ramelow and Red-Red-Green remain in the minority variant.
The CDU should not put up any opposing candidates, since its head of state Mike
Mohring not even sure of her own voices
may be. The AfD has announced a candidate who is not head of state Björn Höcke
to be willing Christian Democrats or Liberals from the very right thing
to convince. Nevertheless, it is considered unlikely that even in a secret vote
larger sections of the bourgeois parties overflowed to the AfD.


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