The Thuringian SPD politician Oskar helmet Erich has invited the controversial best-selling author and former Berlin Finance Senator Thilo Sarrazin in the middle of the election campaign to Erfurt, and in order for a party to friends in his own country, the Association of a massive upset.
Thuringia SPD leader, Wolfgang Tiefensee, went on Twitter to clear at a distance Sarrazin, after several failed attempts of a party of exclusion as a member of the SPD. Dissociate it "expressly and sharp" of him and his anti-Islam statements, wrote Tiefensee.
And: "The book reading with Sarrazin is a unabgesprochener alone by Oskar Helmerich, no event of the Thuringian SPD. He did not want to win back previous AfD voters through critical examination, "pandering". Also the parliamentary group assured to be at the event involved.
On the 22. In may, four days before the European elections and five months before the state election in Thuringia, to read the 74-year-old Sarrazin from his Islam-critical book, "Hostile Takeover", and then a dispute with Suleman Malik from Erfurt Ahmadiyya-run municipality, such as the "Thüringer Allgemeine" reported on Saturday.daily mirror tomorrow location for Free order
The Erfurt newspaper quoted Helmerich with the words: "Thilo Sarrazin speaks many people from the heart, dare not say, because of a spiral of silence often, what you think." The invitation was "a measure which fits into the political concept of the Thuringian SPD, advertise to voters, who have migrated to the AfD". A party to the exclusion of debate helmet Erich is not afraid, in his own words.
The Thuringian Left-refugee politician Sabine Berninger Tiefensee thanked for the clarification. These are not rich but. She called for the cancellation of the event with the "salon racists" Sarrazin.
at the beginning of March, had declared Tiefensee in the daily mirror Interview with a view to dealing with the AfD and their followers: "I am speaking with those who choose anger and Protest AfD, without having to worry about whether this party is good for you and whether you implement their proclaimed goals. The latter are to be found in Eastern Germany, because the wounds of the break lasting years, and there are especially a lot of resentment." To distinguish these nationalist and explicitly right-wing" voters".
from Deggendorf in lower Bavaria-born lawyer Helmerich used in the AfD. In 2014, he had been as a candidate of the AfD in the Erfurt Parliament elected. After the departure of party founder Bernd Lucke he moved further and further from the AfD, the more radicalized in Thuringia, Björn Höcke. In may 2015, he left the AfD group, and in July the party.of The Thuringian SPD politician Oskar Helmerich.Photo: Steve Bauer Schmidt/Imago
In April 2016, he settled in the Thuringian SPD-parliamentary group record - with eight of the eleven members of Parliament voted in favor of it at the time. The exchange had indicated earlier in the Erfurt city Council, where the SPD parliamentary group in the spring of 2016 began as a party-less member. At the time, Helmerich was with the words, quote: "At the SPD, I like your basic democratic understanding and political literacy in difficult issues."
The Erfurt Jusos, had argued in 2016 in vain against the admission of helmerich in the SPD. In a guest post on your website it says to be the case, unfortunately, the Thuringian SPD-functioning ", not on a value basis, but as a feudal regime of the community". Career opportunities would be exchanged for loyalty. "Because each vote counts more. But this is a part of the moral and political lack of Substance of this regional Association."
praise from a political scientist Patzelt
applause for Helmerich there is the political opponent in the Person of the Dresden political scientist Werner Patzelt, rubs at the state election program of the Saxon CDU to the sisters. The "Thüringer Allgemeinen", according to Patzelt rating of the SPD-invitation of Sarrazin as a Coup. Sarrazin had described as one of the first politicians to the political and social problems, in order to be around later become the AfD is large, said Patzelt of the newspaper.
"A discussion on issues that move the society, is an important step to overcome the division of society, and the prerequisite to the cheap populism of the AfD with something Substantial to oppose," said the political scientist. The preparation of the communication, the society lacks, unfortunately. "The Thuringian SPD is praised and extolled." Patzelt is in Saxony, also in the CDU controversial, he was prior to his appointment as a CDU election workers repeatedly as an Advisor to the AfD.More about
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In a survey for the state election on 27. October on behalf of the MDR of the SPD of Thuringia predicted eleven percent currently. The CDU comes to 28 percent, the Left-to 24 percent and the AfD to 20 percent. The Greens and the FDP remain with eight, or five percent in the single-digit range. Since 2014 acting Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (Left) has to fear for the continued existence of the red-red-green coalition government.