Chancellor Angela Merkel shows her support for CDU-CSU candidate Armin Laschet at the end of campaign rally in Munich on September 24, 2021, two days before the German federal elections, September 26, 2021. MATTHIAS SCHRADER / AP
At the end of the election campaign, you have to get straight to the point. Find the club argument that will rally the undecided and convince the hesitant. This is all the more necessary when the outcome of the match is uncertain and everything can be played out with a handful of votes.
Friday, September 24, two days before the German legislative elections, the CDU-CSU staff got straight to the point. Admittedly, all the polls continue to give the SPD in the lead, around 25% of the vote, but the gap is narrowing: in the poll by the Allensbach Institute published on Friday, the CDU-CSU is only one step away. point behind.
” It’s tight. It has never been so tight. But you will see, my friends: on Sunday we will reverse the game and the CDU-CSU will be number one in Germany! “, Launched Markus Söder, the head of the Bavarian conservatives, from the stage of a Biergarten (” beer garden “) in Munich, Friday afternoon.
Threat of a “red-green government”
These few points that can make all the difference and turn a historic debacle into a Pyrrhic victory, the conservatives have decided to wrestle them by recycling the argument used by Konrad Adenauer on his posters in 1957: “Keine Experimente! ”(“ No adventure! ”). In this case: “No red-red-green adventure”, in other words no government led by the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, with the Greens and the left party Die Linke. A government that “numbs” Germany instead of “stimulating” it would plunge it into “mountains of debt” and lead to “a dizzying rise in unemployment”.
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Faced with the “danger of a change of direction to the left”, and the “insecurity” that the entry into the government of Die Linke would cause, “which is none other than the former East German Communist Party to which we have given another name, “said Armin Laschet, the CDU-CSU embodies” stability “,” solidity “,” reliability “. With it, there is no risk of being “expropriated”, no risk of seeing “our Bundeswehr”. [armée nationale] not supported ”.
Three days after inviting Armin Laschet to participate in a public meeting in his constituency on the shores of the Baltic, Angela Merkel came back to support him on Friday in Munich with the same argument: “For Germany to remain stable, Armin Laschet must become Federal Chancellor. “Can you imagine a red-green government?” No, this is not our policy ”, continued the Chancellor, expressing fears that Olaf Scholz’s policy will lead to a“ European debt union ”and make German companies flee to Austria or the Netherlands.
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