HIt was a bitter day for the SPD, the Monday after the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. With 26.7 percent, the party cut in the Rhine and Ruhr, a record value in state elections there — in a negative sense. However, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) sat in the TV studio on RTL on Monday night, looking relaxed, smiling, moody and joking. As if nothing happened.
SPD leader Lars Klingbeil explained a few hours ago that one of the reasons he lost a second term in a week was: “We have to get better at communicating what we’re doing.” So the chancellor had to go back to Bout, and explain Schulze’s policy, kindly spurred on by RTL presenter Pinar Atalay.
She interviews four citizens carefully chosen by the TV station: a steelmaker, a single mother with four children, a financial expert and a Ukrainian.
Viewers of the 70-minute tour finally know that Olaf Schultz can answer questions in detail without giving an answer. There was no big news and no big explanation for his policies. However, there was a whole series of new and useful things and one or another detail that made you smile.
These were them 12 most exciting points.
1. Despite the apparent electoral defeat in North Rhine-Westphalia, the chancellor believes that there is still a chance for the SPD to rule there – above the NRW traffic light. “The parties that make up the federal government have a majority in the North Rhine-Westphalia parliament,” Schulz said. It is possible to form a government “even from the position of the second.” It has always been the case in the history of the Federal Republic that the most powerful force did not form a government. “In that respect, it would be surprising if one were to say that cannot be the case,” Schultz explained.
2. Criticism in the media As after the electoral defeat in North Rhine-Westphalia, Olaf Scholz does not impress with his confession: “If you like the headlines, you should look for another job,” was his advice to everyone in the office of the Federal Chancellor. yet for yourself.
3. The chancellor fears even more fierce fighting in Ukraine, more destruction, and more crimes committed by Russian soldiers. “We have to worry that the war will escalate,” Schultz said. He did not give any details about his statement.
4. Olaf Schultz sees no sign of the war ending anytime soon. “So far, unfortunately, it has not been possible to see that the realization has grown that this should end here as soon as possible,” Schultz said, referring to the situation in the Kremlin. There are no indications of this on the part of Moscow.
5. Heavy weapons are finally handed over, but not only the participants of the televised tour with the chancellor are at a loss as to what goals are really connected with this matter. “Putin must not win this war, we have no other goals,” the chancellor declared. There should be no peace agreement with Russia, in which the occupied territories of Ukraine are given to Russia. The conditions under which Ukraine made peace are a matter of the government in Kyiv only, not the West.
6. A few weeks ago, the chancellor taunted traffic-light deputies who urged him to hand over the guns and “become guns specialists overnight,” in the words of Schultz. In RTL, the counselor shows that he himself has now morphed into such a specialist. He lectured on guided mines – “this is something you can also shoot with” – or anti-aircraft tanks – “against attacks from the air” – and explained that you cannot “take tanks with you right away” as in a car dealer: “The hardware has to be ready to will.”
7. Schulz did not reveal what he had discussed during the last phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “One does not talk about such conversations.” Instead, the chancellor spoke about how the two men spoke to each other: “I speak German, Putin speaks Russian and from time to time German because he can.”
8. Schulz does not want to go to Kyiv at the moment. This only makes sense if there are “concrete things that need to be discussed”. The fact that there must be all kinds of things, studio guests said, didn’t change Schulz’s opinion. “I’m not going to join a group of people doing something in order to get in and out quickly by taking a picture,” the chancellor stated. Criticism of CDU leader Frederick Merz, who was recently in Kyiv and, despite other announcements, eventually only had a photo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
9. The appearance of Schultz on the RTL indicates that the counselor has at the same time completed some type of communication training. For several months he was speaking more clearly than when he was rightly nicknamed “Shulzomat”. However, emotional protests like “This really touched me” still seemed as if the chancellor had been completely untouched. But now Schulze points out, not like a Sicilian, but at least using his hands clearly. This is new in this form – but perhaps it was just a moment of exuberance.
10. The financial expert was among the four studio guests who were concerned about how Germany wanted to bear the costs of the Corona pandemic and the consequences of the war – how Schulz wanted to pay off the expected mountain of debt. The chancellor was optimistic: “We will basically beat it,” he said of the growing national debt. You have to “balance it right, there is no one concept that says: I only do one thing and not the other, but you have to bring that together responsibly”. “But I trust that we will do it and we intend to do so,” Schulz added. After the financial crisis, Germany was also better in terms of debt than the other G7 countries.
11. The chancellor also dispelled the fears of a mother of four in the studio about her children’s career future: “At the end of the decade we will be less than seven million workers. It wouldn’t be too difficult for a school dropout to find work.”
12. Olaf Schulz is pleased that the search for the double for the counselor has not been successful so far: “It makes me feel a bit proud now,” he said. Perhaps because it appears to be unique. Olaf Schultz has often shown that he considers himself unique. But at the end of the tour, the four studio guests of RTL were not entirely satisfied with the counselor’s arguments and the answers to their questions. “I still see doubts in their eyes,” said mediator Pinar Atalay.
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