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CSU demands rightward shift to lift government

DDP/The Local · 31 Jul 2010, 15:31

Published: 31 Jul 2010 15:31 GMT+02:00

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Speaking to a conference of the Bavarian branch of the Junge Union (the CDU and CSU's youth organization), Horst Seehofer said Germany's traditional conservative parties need to win back their core voters. The CSU chairman said his party must remain "the party of justice and order."

"We won't let ourselves be unsettled by false liberalism," Seehofer said, adding that the CDU and the CSU should not "chase after the zeitgeist," but should represent its core basic values.

Seehofer said that despite a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, the CSU would continue to demand retroactive preventive detention for criminals that present a danger to the public.

Seehofer also joined in his conservative colleagues Stanislaw Tillich and Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle in calling for an end to the pension guarantee, which was recently described by Tillich as an "excessive burden on the younger generation."

But Seehofer faced tough questions from many of the delegates, and the head of the Bavarian Junge Union Stefan Müller called the government's poor results a "warning signal." Many of the delegates at Saturday's conference criticised Seehofer and the federal government for the disunity and policy mistakes that have led to the recent slump.

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Müller also criticised Seehofer's position on the pension guarantee, and said that merely stopping it would not solve Germany's problems. He called for a wholesale reform of the pension system.

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18:45 July 31, 2010 by wxman
Hitler was a leftist socialist who differed from Stalin only in style. One believed in world socialism under the Soviet banner, whereas the other believed in a nationalist movement as the way to spread socialism.
18:54 July 31, 2010 by vonSchwerin
Interesting. This sounds familiar. After the Republicans lost the presidential elections in the USA in 2008, they also started saying that they needed to move to the Right, not the Center, to regain popularity.

It was the same refrain about "appealing to the base" and "winning core voters."
21:42 July 31, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I'm a true humanitarian and therefore I believe that we should respect each other, regardless of a person's background. However, we are not at all required to agree with each others views on life. With that being said, I can honestly say that Liberalism is immoral poison. It's the only thing that threatens the future of human existence.

No nation, including Deutschland, can possibly have the quality of life it deserves, as long as it is being lead by people who don't understand the true meaning of conservatism.

Actually, humanity has yet to have a government that is based exclusively upon

"Pure Conservatism."

To be very conservative is to do exactly as you should. Time has proven that everything else will always fail. Albert Einstein once said "Only a fool expects a different answer from the same equation."
03:32 August 1, 2010 by Bishopbayern
The good old CSU to the rescue again. A great party that know how to win and keep power. :-)
00:45 August 4, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Maybe they can entice Sarah Palin to come to Germany to flog her brand of "conservatism." Seems like a marriage made in heaven.
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