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Uproar in Thuringia : Sarrazin invited - a Deputy in the SPD group stay

of The SPD deputies Karl Lauterbach is Thuringia's party leader, Wolfgang Tiefensee, grateful for his clarification. But it was not enough for him, Tiefensee, "has explicitly and sharply" from the SPD-members of Parliament Oskar helmerich distant. The controversial author Thilo Sarrazin also still comrade - for the 22. In may, four days before the European elections, to be invited to a reading to Erfurt. And the party of a scandal brings.

Lauterbach asks: "Why Sarrazin and helmerich go back () in the AfD? Because racists and democracy enemies belong? Why hide behind our party to the right in the SPD?" And thus indirectly to the debate on whether helmet Erich, was elected in 2014 on the Ticket of the AfD in the Erfurt Parliament, and only since 2016, the social democratic parliamentary group is a member of, be excluded from the SPD. Immediately back to the AfD, whose Chairman, Stefan Möller welcomed the planned Sarrazin reading on Twitter: "Thank you to my party friend Oskar helm, Erich!", a grinning Smiley.

"Who has gasoline on his hands, should not play with matches"

is not so simple, because in the Parliament the red-red-green coalition government under the leadership of the Left politician Bodo Ramelow only a majority vote. To hear why from the Thuringian government parties of the Left, the SPD and the greens, although any amount of annoyance on the previous AfD, and current SPD parliamentary deputies, but not a degeneration of the claim analog of the of Lauterbach. Prime Minister Ramelow it on a daily level-request with a substantial set to the address of Helmerich, suffice it to say: "Who has gasoline on his hands should never ever play with matches."

the top of the Thuringian SPD-parliamentary group is not seeking as a consequence of the invitation of Sarrazin, the exclusion of their deputies helmerich from the group, as group chief Matthias Hey said on Monday. However, to be discussed next Wednesday in our group meeting with all the members of "intensively" on the case.

Mike Mohring, state, and Faction leader of the CDU, speaks of "disintegration" in a red-Red-Green. He calls it a "taboo, to do with Sarrazin's election campaign". The leader of the opposition told the daily mirror: "If this had happened in us, the cry would have been great. The Nazi-Mace would immediately have been unpacked." Tiefensee, he'll take his distancing, assured the CDU-man. And not waived, however, in Häme compared to the SPD and the other parties in government, because they are based on helmerich: "Something comes from something."

cancellation of the event? Helmerich remember

The invitation of Sarrazin at the weekend in public. Helmerich was reserved, apparently, with his party friends not agreed weeks ago to the Park hall in the Steigerwald stadium for a discussion of the event, this can hold up to 1200 people. There should be representatives from the "various tendencies of the SPD", announced helmerich hall landlords, the Arena Erfurt GmbH. Only last Friday, helmerich informed the landlord that Sarrazin says. There were no objections to its appearance.

The contract was a "fix", says Christian Fothe of the Arena Erfurt GmbH. So far, no request from helmerich is him, even in spite of the lively debate to the invitation, whether this could not be resolved. Helmerich said on Monday the German press Agency, he will hold on to the reading: "I stand fully behind it." The event will help "a democratic discussion within the citizenship trigger".

For the Thuringia SPD is to miss the location, just before the European elections and a few months before the state election. The question of dealing with Sarrazin, the procedure even after several party-exclusion - of a is still running - more a member of the SPD, polarized. The Jusos demand the cancellation of the event with the "racists" Sarrazin. Top-of-the comrades of the SPD of Thuringia not to do this, however: "My group is not involved in the Organisation of this event," explains, for example, group chief Hey. "It is a result of the uncoordinated action of member Oskar helm, Erich." Whether he would back the helmet I desirable, open Hey.

August 2018: Thilo Sarrazin presents his new book, "Hostile Takeover".Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa

The justification for the invitation helmerich had declared the "Thüringer Allgemeinen": "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". Tiefensee had actually talked that he wants to win the state election at the end of October in Thuringia, also AfD-voters. But "critical examination" and "not by pandering," he assured.

Whether the party Helmerich nominated again as a state Assembly candidate, is open: The land list for the election should be in June. So far there is no proposal of the Executive Board.

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Back to vortex to Sarrazin's appearance in the SPD election campaign in Thuringia

Matthias Meisner

Helmerich planned or not - yet-ruled-Red-Red-Green in Thuringia, according to its own estimates to be stable. At the time of the election on may 27. October, the loss of the government's majority threatens, according to surveys. The country Chairman of the Left-hand, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, said on Monday the daily mirror: "In a coalition with a majority of votes, each and every one is a majority." But: "The Opposition was, and is not due to their disastrous state will be able to bring a majority against a red-Red-Green." And finally, the debate within the SPD was directed against the invitation of Sarrazin, insured Hennig-Wellsow. "So we have no conflict."

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