Half-time at the Trielli – an interim result
In the three-way exchange of blows between the Chancellor candidates from the Union, SPD and Greens are in part Similarities in security policy and in the fight against corona became clear. After the disaster when NATO withdrew from Afghanistan, Armin Laschet (CDU / CSU), Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Annalena Baerbock (Greens) unanimously called for Germany’s security role to be strengthened. Laschet reaffirmed his call for a National Security Council linked to the Chancellery on Sunday at the first major TV triall shortly before the federal election. “We will have to equip our Bundeswehr better,” he said during the three-way battle broadcast by RTL and ntv.
Baerbock accused the federal government of being in Afghanistan to have ducked away. “You have placed domestic political motives above foreign policy responsibility,” she said. Baerbock criticized that the Foreign Office had not issued visas for those in need of protection quickly enough.
Scholz, whose party colleague Heiko Maas is at the head of the Foreign Office, demanded international cooperation to strengthen and also in the future to provide Bundeswehr soldiers for missions to protect peace and security. He claimed that with him as finance minister, the defense budget had risen to over 50 billion euros. “The bad time for the Bundeswehr was in the black-yellow coalition,” said Scholz.
With further Course in Corona Policy All three candidates for Chancellor advocated maintaining the mask requirement in public transport. They were unanimously opposed to a new lockdown. “There will be no new lockdown,” said Scholz. Baerbock explained: “As of today, we don’t need a new lockdwon.” All three applicants to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) also campaigned to improve the vaccination rate. (dpa)