At the traditional political morning pint at the Gillamoos folk festival in Abensberg, Bavaria, the parties exchanged blows on Monday. The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst (CDU), criticized the federal government's relief plans as "big words, big numbers". The traffic light coalition is moving "at a snail's pace," said the CDU politician in the Hofbräu tent. Wüst also criticized the planned taxation of so-called random profits from energy companies. "Random win - what's that supposed to be?" he asked. The only chance win that he knows was the victory of Olaf Scholz (SPD) in the federal election.
CSU boss Markus Söder, on the other hand, praised the relief package from the traffic light coalition. "There's a lot going in the right direction," he said in his speech after Wüst. In this way, some injustices will be eliminated, for example through the planned aid for pensioners and students. However, some things are not enough. Among other things, the increase in child benefit is too low. Söder also criticized the traffic light coalition for not paying enough attention to the energy crisis.
The Bavarian Prime Minister therefore also reiterated his demand to extend the operating times of the nuclear power plants that are still in operation. "We need the electricity." The SPD general secretary Kevin Kühnert gave a clear rejection. "With the SPD there is no re-entry into nuclear power," he said in the Haereis marquee. This is not sustainable energy, but dangerous. The question of final storage has also not yet been clarified. Kühnert criticized Söder for his repeated statement that Bavaria was out of the question as a location for a repository. That is "ego politics à la Söder - I don't care how others feel about it in the end".
For the Greens, the chairman of the Europe Committee in the Bundestag, Anton Hofreiter, gave the main speech. The people of Ukraine would defend the freedom of all of Europe and democracy for all of us, he said. "And the least we can do is support them and help them."
After the morning pint had taken place in the last two years due to the pandemic without any prominent politicians and without a folk festival, it has now traditionally returned to the beer tents. CSU, AfD and Free Voters used the folk festival to address the current debate about how to deal with Winnetou books in their interest. Free voter boss Hubert Aiwanger had a man come onto the stage whose costume was reminiscent of the Karl May hero.
Markus Söder countered by saying that he had always preferred to be Winnetou's faithful companion Old Shatterhand in games - after all, he survived longer. The theme tune of the Winnetou films roared out of the speakers in the CSU tent to set the mood - right after the controversial Ballermann hit "Layla".
In Germany there is currently a debate about cultural appropriation and racism surrounding the Winnetou stories. It began after the Ravensburger publishing house announced in mid-August that it would stop the delivery of two children's books for the film of the same name "The Young Chief Winnetou" and remove them from the program. There was a week-long sexism debate in the summer about the song "Layla" by DJ Robin and Schürze.