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Rösler tells his party: 'Don't panic!'

The Local · 14 Aug 2011, 14:07

Published: 14 Aug 2011 14:07 GMT+02:00

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"We shouldn't let ourselves get nervous," Rösler said in a major interview on state broadcaster ZDF, to be broadcast Sunday.

Rösler, who is also vice-chancellor and economics minister, said that "solid and serious work" was not the quickest, but certainly the best way for his party to get out of its present slump.

He added that the FDP was going to stick to its tax-cut policies, despite the current debt crisis sweeping the eurozone. "You can consolidate budgets and still unburden people," he said.

Surveys currently have the FDP polling between three and five percent, a drop of 10 percent from the 2009 general election, when the party gained 14.6 percent of the German vote and became junior partner in a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

The FDP scored four percent in Sunday's Emnid poll, published weekly in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Parties need at least five percent of the national vote to win representation in the German Bundestag.

Rösler took over as party leader from Guido Westerwelle three months ago, after the government's poor performance caused discontent among party members.

The leader admitted that the party was in "a difficult phase," but said, "We cannot let our heads drop. We have to address the problems optimistically."

Rösler's passive leadership style has been criticized by the FDP's outspoken parliamentary faction leader Wolfgang Kubicki. In response, Rösler said his party members "needed to show the necessary patience, the necessary hard work, the necessary engagement."

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He also ruled out a breaking up the coalition with Merkel, a suggestion made by a minority of party members. "We have the responsibility of government and we have to accept that responsibility," he said.


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Your comments about this article

16:50 August 14, 2011 by marimay
Did it drop 10% because he looks Asian?
20:04 August 14, 2011 by iammucow
@marimay I don't know what you're going for with that statement but the 10% drop took place before Rösler became leader, so it's a silly thing to say regardless.
21:33 August 14, 2011 by MichMash115
They dropped 10% because they promised a whole lot of stuff they couldn´t deliver, and because (hopefully) people are starting to see through their scary neo-liberal, pro-business, survivial-of-the-fittest, poor-people-are-just-lazy-buggers, economic darwinism crap. No one gives a toss that he´s got Asian heritage, it´s not the NPD (or the CSU :-P).
22:17 August 14, 2011 by mixxim 1
Obviously everyone else must be wrong.
22:50 August 14, 2011 by username112973
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04:03 August 15, 2011 by vonSchwerin
If the FDP wants to have relevance, it has to offer more than just "lower taxes". It can't be a one-issue party.
07:39 August 15, 2011 by marimay

LOL The conservatives are in bed with the bankers. Except for Ron Paul. Dummy!
13:47 August 15, 2011 by Schweigsame
No rational adult would take seriously the words of someone who refers to the legally and freely elected head of his country as a "pig/thug."
16:46 August 15, 2011 by iammucow
@username, way to shoehorn in some America-centric anti-banking rambling into an article about the FDP leader trying to reassure party members. It was as incoherent as it was pointless.
17:32 August 15, 2011 by neunElf
The FDP needs to stand for low taxes, pro-business, pro-economic growth and prosperity. THe down-slide in the fortunes of the FDP were mainly the result of the shrill and hectoring persona of Guido Westewelle. He was far too vocal about internal issues which should have been dealt with behind closed doors.

Rosler is an admirable sort, but hardly the person to rebuild the fortunes of the FDP.

The nuclear power position of the FDP was a shame and if they continue to support idiotic measures such as that, then they will have no purpose or constituency! After all if you want a no-growth, high tax, anti-business party, well take your pick, CDU/CSU, SDP, let alone the Greens and Die Linke.
19:01 August 15, 2011 by mikhal
The FDP is a political party? Who knew.

Stay away from the Lefts. Stick them in a hole where they belong and bury them.
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