Seven months before the Bavarian state elections, CSU leader and Prime Minister Markus Söder strictly ruled out a coalition with the Greens. They “do not care about Bavarian interests. There are also too many differences for cooperation,” said Söder of “Bild am Sonntag”.
After the election on October 8, the CSU and the Free Voters are aiming to continue their government alliance in Free State, which has existed since 2018. In the interview, Söder targeted the traffic light parties Green and FDP.
"It's absurd to ban meat and sausages in daycare centers and advertising for sweets, but at the same time want to allow cannabis," said the CSU leader. Economics Minister Robert Habeck's plan to ban new oil and gas heating systems from 2024 is an attack on the middle class, increases electricity consumption and could ultimately lead to electricity rationing. The Greens lived in a world of fantasy and bans: "Meat, firecrackers, car washes, advertising and balloon bans are just a small selection of their plans." However, most citizens were more concerned about inflation, heating costs and electricity prices and did not want to be annoyed by gender obligations, wokeness and cancel culture.
There are also major differences in transport policy: "We are Autoland and therefore also need roads and a future for combustion engines for synthetic fuel," said Söder. The Greens are "now a pure luxury party that only cares about well-earning city dwellers and instead deliberately neglects workers and rural areas."
The FDP is a disappointment for him. She helped to decide the end of nuclear energy in the middle of the crisis and agreed to the ban on incinerators. The FDP leader and finance minister "Christian Lindner stands for record debts and a massive increase in inheritance tax," criticized Söder. "Little is left of their brand core.".