In the final spurt to the Bavarian state election in mid-October tried the Christian Social Union it with a new strategy: radical attack on the AfD. CSU boss Horst Seehofer called the party "state-damaging". "We need people's parties, not nationalist parties," said Secretary-General Markus Blume. The AfD was "worse than the Republicans," scolded Prime Minister Markus Söder.
They are right with that. But that will not save the CSU anymore. Even if it is the AFD can still hurt, is open. So far, the handling of the Christian social with the new competition from the right panic and haphazard. The price swing now seems implausible – and threatens to degenerate Posse.
After the debacle in the federal election last fall, the party leadership decreed a right-wing spin. Since then, the Berlin coalition has been stumbling from crisis to crisis. In the rhetoric, the CSU was the AfD in some ways inferior. Only radicalization and pandering in the polls did not help. Home in Bavaria they tried to ignore the AfD, to look away, so as not to add extra attention to the party.
A clumsy attack
Söder Although said a scheduled Monday for panel discussion, to which an AfD man was loaded. However, this does not seem to be sovereign, he had promised loud organizer months ago. The attack on the AFD comes awkwardly therefore, the CSU does not fill it with life. Why?
As a Bavarian people's and state party, the CSU could cause the AfD and its German national populace to crumble. It would have enough arguments not only to fight the right-wing populists, but to refute them. Munich is the safest city in Germany, Augsburg also among the front runners – both have more migrants in percentage terms than Berlin. Bavaria is by far the safest federal state, the crime sinks. Even millions of refugees could not change that.
Instead of building on it, the CSU wrote in panic a new police task law, which should probably land sooner or later at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. Söder reactivated a Bavarian border police – which, unlike him often suggests, does not ensure that fewer refugees come to Bavaria. Like the federal police, every refugee has to be allowed into the country, with a few exceptions.
Soder's thanks come late
Next week in Munich will be again to see how tradition goes in Bavarian, that everyone is welcome here: millions of people from all over Germany, Japan, Australia, the USA, Italy and actually all corners of the world will go into their Dirndl and Lederhosen and to meet for drinking beer and rocking on the Munich Theresienwiese. O'zapft is! In the beer tent at the Wiesn, people become brothers and sisters.
And what does the CSU do? Instead of reclaiming this cultural achievement, she hangs up in office rooms for fear of the AFD and a few Muslims.
And Söder? For a few months now, he also thanks the volunteers who helped ensure that no refugee in Bavaria had to sleep outdoors. But why only now? Many voters, and especially Christian electorate groups, have disturbed the one-sided problematisation of migration. They wanted to be politically recognized. For the CSU that would have been a way to show that you can be conservative – and yet cosmopolitan and helpful.
The recent events in Chemnitz have been a turning point for the AfD, is often called as a reason for the course swivel of the CSU. It may be that the alliance between right-wing extremists and their parliamentary representation has rarely been so blatantly celebrated. But every thorough reader and every attentive observer must have noticed the reactionary, nationalistic smut of the AfD for years.
CSU babbles about asylum tourism
The AfD has crossed borders that were taboo today as before for the CSU and are: memorial of shame, bird shit, knives and kerchief girls, dispose of Minister of State in Anatolia, Boateng's neighbors … The list of derailments could now fill book volumes. Instead of working out the differences between bourgeois conservatism and the AfD, the CSU babbled about asylum tourism and the anti-deportation industry.
The attack of the CSU on the AfD comes late – maybe too late for the state election, And as long as he is only motivated by electoral tactics and not underpinned with concrete policies, he will fizzle out.