The CDU and the left have criticized the statements made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on the debate about the expropriation of large housing companies in Berlin. Scholz's criticism was "nothing but hypocritical," said CDU General Secretary Mario Czaja to the "Tagesspiegel". Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) used similar rhetoric in the last election campaign and then quickly forgot her "empty promises" in the coalition. "The Berlin SPD is conservative in the election campaign, but when in doubt it always stands firmly on the side of the far left."
Scholz had sided with Giffey in the debate and at the same time got involved in the capital's election campaign. "Expropriations do not create new apartments," Scholz told the "Tagesspiegel" to the coalition partners Green and Left in Berlin. "I consider it irresponsible to spread the illusion that with a growing population and today's completely different living conditions, it would be possible to meet the high demand without building new apartments," said the Chancellor.
The expropriation of large housing companies is one of the most controversial issues in the election campaign for the re-election on February 12. Since April, a commission of experts set up by the Senate has been discussing whether and, if so, how the matter can be implemented. A majority of Berlin voters voted in favor of this measure in the referendum on the “Expropriate German housing and co.” initiative.
The head of the left parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch, also told the Tagesspiegel that Scholz had a strange understanding of how to deal with a referendum. “It would make more sense to keep your campaign promises to build 400,000 apartments a year. That's where the traffic light fails," he said, referring to the red-green-yellow federal government.