Henning Scherf is since 1963 member of the SPD and was from 1995 to 2005, the mayor of the city of Bremen. The 80-year-old lawyer is the patron of several charitable projects, and writes books about getting Older.
Mr. Scherf, the most recent survey for the Bremen state election, the CDU is in the lead. What needs to be done in the SPD, so it is still something to change?
The previous elections, we have gained in the working-class districts. That's what we need again, in order to reach the people who are threatened by economic development. We need them to trust us in the corners, in the chic anodic environment doesn't look. The SPD belongs there, where it hurts, where losers gather.
Keep a coalition of the SPD and the CDU?daily mirror tomorrow location Free
to order, Yes, of course, to the CDU, the. The fact is that there will be a head-to-head race. It is crucial, therefore, for the SPD, what are the Alternatives. You will not go in as a Junior partner in a Grand coalition, if you can form a different majority.
a coalition of SPD, Green and Left Is possible?
Currently, all strive to remain coalition. The Left, I definitely see the jump in the coalition; also the CDU and the Green are based there. It depends on who is at the end of the rash. The SPD is know for years, the coalition and therefore pragmatic enough to make the Best of the result.
Who is for the weak values of the Bremen SPD responsible: The Federal SPD or mayor Carsten Sieling?
I think both the Bremen SPD and the CDU have to accept because of the Large coalition on the Federal level losses. Of secondary importance is that Carsten Sieling has not been involved in the election campaign as the top candidate, so is breaking new ground.
Were you surprised that the CDU starts with Carsten Meyer-Heder, a political Nobody?
It amazed me that he got involved with this company. I'm also not sure whether he has guessed, what is the cost of time, nerves and consideration. He wants to be the Unconventional and tells himself that he must find himself in his role.
What consequences it would have for the SPD at the Federal level, no longer should you make the Bremen mayor?
That would be the continuation of the series of poor election results, although the Bremen SPD is actually hope. But: it is still significantly above the national average. Therefore, all of the hope, of course, that there is a Signal in the right direction. If this is not successful, is it not a further disappointment, but nothing more.
So Andrea Nahles do not need to give up your office, if the SPD in Bremen?
no, the Bremen vote Yes is not about the Federal policy. The SPD will make in a kind of mid-term review in the autumn of finances, all of the focus. The three elections in the new Federal States, coming in this year, are much more important and more dramatic than the Bremen election. Nevertheless, when it comes in, Bremen is a sign of hope.
party colleagues, such as Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, were disturbed repeatedly to the public Nahles . You will find this critique justified?
The Expression I found to be completely wrong. To leave office and his successor to pull, is bad style. That these old men give unsolicited political comments, is scary. Klaus von Dohnanyi is one of those who can't let it be, journalists to impose, to give the impression that they were the Smartest in the country. This shows a lack of solidarity.
On the day of the Bremen-election European elections. The importance of their output in times of Brexit, the shift to the right, and the EU-fatigue is?
We have deep concern for our democratic, parliamentary project. But this great story needs to be told. This is also about the SPD. I press the Democrats the thumbs and wants us to find all of this rights talk is a convincing answer. It would be wonderful if there is in the European elections, a large European majority, which says: We believe, like Viktor Orban and Poland, we are neighbors who want to live peacefully with each other. The chances are good, because the horror has reached about what the British do with their country, a lot of people on the continent.
you mentioned the three regional elections in Eastern Germany. You expect the AfD to the next people's rising party?
I don't think so. I think that the many well-meaning people who don't want to pull in nationalist and racist pouty angle, will prevail in these elections. Also, because I have the impression that the AfD has passed its Zenith.
you can't handle your neo-Nazis. You don't get rid of, even though they declare repeatedly that they want nothing to do with them. The AfD has not sorted to the right. And you have many internal problems, alone and in the donation history. That was your election campaign against the parties in the Bundestag! All of this will help ensure that this party is to voters, but shrinks.
At the last Bundestag election, the SPD came to the East of the Republic, only to nearly 14 percent. What did the party wrong here?
We have said, unlike the CDU, the PDS and the liberals – from the beginning, that we have with the SED on the hat. We wanted to draw a clear border. Especially in Saxony, it is driven against former COMMUNIST politicians who then ignored in the PDS and the Left, a hard line. So it was, unfortunately, short. On the other hand we still don't have the biographies and perspectives on life in the East and the West on the same level. In the West, it will rise faster than in the East; in the East, many of the career which are coming from the West. In this historical process, in the two decades of the enemy, melt to related companies, a large piece of work to us.
Latest polls see the SPD nationwide back behind the Green . What must you do so that this will change something?
We don't have the Problem of having to us from the Green delimit. Our competition with the other parties in all honor, but what we have as a major task in the house, is the gain of the non-voters, who have resigned. We are a left party, we have represented the little people who are threatened. We are the party that offers them protection. We don't want you to be left behind and overlooked. You have to push just in the case of elections to the front.
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The SPD and CDU in Berlin know that you need positive results. And you only get that if you keep the term. Therefore, I assume that the Grand coalition remains the two and a half years, until it is to give both parties a fresh start.