In Thuringian regional association of the SPD is the demand loud, on a special party day already at the beginning of of 2019 over the management personnel of the SPD to vote.
"I would very much welcome it if the Party Presidency draws the consequences of the defeats of recent times and completely resigns," says Thuringia SPD Interior Minister Maier SZ.
The member-strong SPD association North Rhine-Westphalia puts pressure on the substantive debate on social policy.
By Mike Szymanski, Berlin
The SPD does not come to rest even after the call for unity by party leader Andrea Nahles. In the SPD Thuringia, which meets this weekend for the party congress, the demand is loud to vote on a special party day already in early 2019 on the leadership staff of the SPD.
The SPD top politician Georg Maier, a member of the state board and interior minister in Thuringia, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung: "I would very much welcome it if the party presidency draws the consequences of the defeats of recent times and completely resigns." This would be "the way for a personal renewal process". The SPD now needs a "competition of minds and concepts". By petition for an initiative, the party congress should decide on the convocation of a special party convention in the first quarter of 2019.
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Merkel's announced withdrawal puts even more pressure on the Social Democrats. But they will not find out about this situation as long as they remain in an alliance with the Union.
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It was not until Monday party leader Nahles had brought in a retreat of the party leadership a vote of the executive committee, according to which there should be no early party or special party. As a sign of unity, she had then come to the press together with numerous top officials.
Nevertheless, it continues to seething in the SPD. Maier goes with his approach in a different direction than about Juso boss Kevin Kühnert, who also calls for an earlier party meeting. Maier is very clear on the grand coalition and sees the problems of the SPD rather in the leadership justified. Kühnert is looking for ways to end black-red, but continues to support Nahles.
Maier told the SZ he was "against an immediate exit" from the grand coalition. The "organizational and personnel realignment" have priority for him. Asked about candidates who could embody the new beginning from his point of view, he named Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey and Lower Saxony's Minister of the Interior Boris Pistorius.
He describes the situation of the SPD in gloomy words. In Thuringia, where elections will take place in the autumn of 2019, it is "simply about the existence of the SPD".
Also in other state associations one does not want to wait for Berlin to show a way out of the crisis. The member-strong SPD association North Rhine-Westphalia puts pressure on the substantive debate. Deputy CEO Marc Herter and Secretary General Nadja Lüders write in a program paper for the regional executive board: "You only gain credibility and trust by saying what you want and then doing." The authors demand a "fundamental reorientation of social security systems", for example with the end of Hartz IV. Citizens should be able to rely on the welfare state as a partner in times of emergency. This means: an end to the sanctioning mechanisms or even the crediting of "other benefits". The citizens insurance should come. Temporary work should only be possible in "very limited exceptional cases".
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