Angela Merkel started doing the ” housework “ within his conservative party by pushing back and forth two executives towards the exit, following the national scandal provoked by an alliance between elected representatives of moderate right and of extreme right.
On Saturday February 8, the German Chancellor announced that she had dismissed a Secretary of State from the Ministry of the Economy, also government commissioner for the eastern territories of the country, Christian Hirte, who had been under fire for several days. criticism.
He ostensibly welcomed on Wednesday in a message on Twitter the election of a new leader for the regional state of Thuringia from the small liberal party FDP, Thomas Kemmerich, thanks to the united voices of his movement, of the Democratic Party Christian CDU of the German Chancellor and those of the alternative anti-migrant party for Germany (AfD).
Christian Hirte is the second victim in two days of this affair within the Chancellor’s party: the leader of CDU parliamentarians in Thuringia, Mike Möhring, also announced on Friday that he would soon be leaving office in May.
He did so under pressure from his ulcerated national leadership. He was the one who oversaw the vote of CDU elected officials from Thuringia in the election of the new regional leader on Wednesday.
The latter, Thomas Kemmerich, meanwhile also said, in light of the controversy, that he was abandoning his post, paving the way for a new election. “I am announcing my resignation as Minister-President of Thuringia with immediate effect”, did he declare.
He had already announced previously, in light of the controversy, that he would leave office in the long term but while refusing to give a firm date on his departure and meaning to want to stay long enough to find an alternative solution.
This unclear situation has drawn increasing criticism. According to German media reports, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Angela Merkel’s conservative partner in the government coalition in Berlin, had made an immediate resignation of the Thuringian leader a condition of their continuation in government.
The main leaders of this coalition met Saturday afternoon in Berlin following the political earthquake created by the election of Thuringia. A meeting requested by the SPD who wants a “Clarification” of the Chancellor’s Christian Democrat positioning relative to the far right.
This alliance broke a political taboo in post-war Germany where so far any alliance with the far right has been ruled out by other traditional parties.