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Party Congress in Munich: The CSU no longer understands the world

Party Congress in Munich: The CSU no longer understands the world

The CSU is about to become what it never wanted to be: a normal party. The polls in Bavaria are a catastrophe according to CSU standards, in the Bavarian trend of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Christian Social came in the middle of the week only to 35 percent. Never in their recent history had the CSU run after such a backlog. In this climate of fear, the CSU meets in the Postpalast in Munich for the party congress. It was supposed to be an Anpack party congress, a courage-maker, a final rebellion against the negative pull.
                
                
            What is currently the hardest to depress the mood is that no one in the party can explain why. Perplexity, wherever you ask. The surveys did not match what people experience in contact with the citizens, says a board member. Since you get a lot of support. Now it was important not to lose heart. "Does not help, make the best of it."
            Much has tried the CSU, nothing has really ignited. Not the stubbornness and the on-the-table-hau policy in Berlin, not the verbal self-radicalization in the asylum policy, not the Bavarian border police or the Bavarian State Office for Asylum, not the social benefits that Prime Minister Markus Söder is currently pouring out over the country or its turnaround to the steward and country father. And that's why the CSU has now broken its election campaign down to the simplest conceivable formula: The CSU is Bayern. In the hope that this will bring the turn.
"Shakes up the population" Yes to Bavaria, then is also the title of the eleven-page election program, which is distributed in Munich. In that, which can safely be understood as a signal, the issue of asylum occurs only in point four, paragraph three, behind family, education and opportunities for the regions. "Shake up the population, call out to them, get up if you are for Bavaria," warns party leader Horst Seehofer his base.
                
                
            For that to catch, the CSU tries to shift its own fear to the voting population. But this time it is not the fear of asylum seekers, but the fear of losing one's own meaning. The CSU is the last people's party in Germany, says Secretary General Markus Blume. "We are not a regional party, we are the political clamp for the country."
            When things get serious, the CSU is currently trying to get the picture of the wind. Söder whispered in the middle of the week of the wind of populism, which woke Europe. Blume continues: "The strength of the CSU never resulted from our having tailwind." In 1998, the neoliberal zeitgeist had blown up, ruled red-green in Berlin – and the CSU had shown an attitude. 2008 the financial crisis and now: "tectonic shifts, democracies erode, in the EU governments are taken over by nationalists". The CSU stood for stability in uncertain times, so the second core message of the CSU. Of course, conversely, a weak CSU means maximum uncertainty.

Bavaria – a problem case for democracy? This is also the entry and finale of Söder's party speech. He begins: "May all the others aggressively get caught up in the small and small, we remain the people's party." He did not want a state parliament, dominated by "communists and right-wing extremists". This sets the tone for the party congress. At the end of his one-quarter-hour fierce speech, in which he tackles, among others, his competitors, Söder comes back to it again. "What if that stays the same with the polls?" He asks. "Seven parties in Parliament, from left to right outside," he shouts. Bavaria was once a model case of democracy. "But if that happens, Bavaria becomes a problem of democracy."
            But does he have a solution? Söder sounds more defiant than visionary: It is a lot of nagging at the CSU, but the bottom line would also recognize the critics that the party is doing much right. If something works well, it's not in the paper. Therefore, "No course changes, keep course," he says. No coalition speculation and anything that distracts from Bayern.
            The uncertainty, which the CSU is currently designing as an antidote to its Bavarians, has meanwhile had a face in the election campaign: the AfD. The sound becomes ever harder and more unforgiving after having ignored, ignored and condoned for months. "The AfD is perhaps an alternative to the NPD, but it is certainly no alternative for Germany or Bavaria," Blume calls in his speech to the opening of the congress. "Bavaria is not folkish, we need people's parties." There is the first time really stormy applause.
The AfD: "shabby and vile" Even Söder tackles the AfD hard. In Chemnitz, the party was deployed with hooligans, he repeated the word and stresses every syllable, so that the last understand that the AfD is not to joke: "Hool-i-goose!" That the AfD had worn the symbol of the White Rose, was "shabby and vile".
            When CDU and CSU argued in the summer over the refusal of refugees at the border, Söder was one of the Einheizern, even drove to Berlin for the meeting of the regional group and spoke of "asylum tourism". At the survey depth of the CSU changed nothing.
In Munich, Söder only comes to talk about asylum after 40 minutes. Actually everything is very simple, he says. Those in need of protection are welcome. Whoever would commit a crime would have to leave again. The country is only split, because politics can not offer a coherent overall solution. He tries to fill in the ditches, says Söder – and then he can not quite stop it. On the case of Osama Bin Laden, the alleged ex-bodyguard deported illegally from Germany, he says: "One should not criticize judges, but one does not have to understand them." The hall cheers.
            In the party, many are hoping for a moment of right now. Many want to give the CSU perhaps a stunt, believes the honorary chairman Edmund Stoiber. But then you would soon enough realize that the fate of the country is too serious. Do you really want Bavaria to be different? What sounds like a threat to the CSU may sound like a promise to some.
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