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Conservative criticism of Merkel grows

The Local · 29 May 2011, 10:47

Published: 29 May 2011 10:47 GMT+02:00

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“One can only improve one’s image with reliability and a clear course. Instant policies such as the reaction to Fukushima don’t yield any results,” Mike Mohring, CDU floor leader in the Thuringian state parliament, told Der Spiegel magazine.

Merkel temporarily shut down seven nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster in Japan, and announced a reverse of a 2010 decision to extend the lifespan of the country’s nuclear plants. The U-turn failed to bring electoral success. In a string of regional votes CDU support has waned while the anti-nuclear Greens are seeing their vote surge.

Mohring’s counterpart in Hesse, Christean Wagner was equally as scathing about recent missteps by the chancellor. “It cannot be that we change tack politically whenever the occasion arises. The citizens demand dependability from our party.”

Peter Hauk, CDU floor leader in Baden-Württemberg, would like to see Merkel improving the way she explains her policies. “If we have an about-turn on nuclear policy, then that has to explained to the citizens and to the CDU voters,” he told Der Spiegel. “That is also a task of the party.”

The fact that Merkel has been pushing the CDU to the political centre has caused unease within many sections of the party, raising concerns that it could alienate more conservative voters.

“Opening up the party to new marginal groups and more to the centre – I cannot hear any more of these analyses,” CDU energy expert Thomas Bareiss said. “The chancellor and the party have to recognize the fact that we are in the same situation as the SPD after Agenda 2010.”

Agenda 2010 is the name given to the package of wide-reaching welfare and labour reforms introduced by the government of former Social Democrat Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

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“We are abandoning the issues that appeal to our core clientele and yet we are not gaining any crediblity with new voters,” Bareiss argued. He insisted that the party return to its traditional themes. “Easing the burden on the middle classes, securing jobs and domestic security – these issues are not being addressed by us at all.”

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Your comments about this article

14:06 May 29, 2011 by supermc
Poor Angela,no matter what you do,you won't please everyone.
18:20 May 29, 2011 by Bishopbayern
She has got the economy going again and still they carp at her, sometimes germany doesnt realise how lucky it is to have a great leader.
18:25 May 29, 2011 by Chigozie Ohanweh
Those bunch of criticizers would'nt do better either.
04:21 May 30, 2011 by janreg58
It's easier to throw the stone then to get stoned. She's a good chancellor and they need to shut up and back her, not go against her. They're going to wish the would of.
09:29 May 30, 2011 by Gilly58
Poor ole Angie, she looks withered and haggered, the knives are out and her time in office is limited...
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