Steinmeier: The election campaign could turn into a mud fight

Germany Bundestag elections

Steinmeier is concerned about the “mud battle” in the election campaign

Steinmeier worried about “mud battle” in the election campaign

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is concerned about a possible mud fight in the federal election campaign. “I’m worried that it could be a mud fight,” said Steinmeier in an interview with the ZDF program “Berlin direkt”.

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Federal President Steinmeier expresses concern about the election campaign. He calls on the parties to “measure and reason”, after all, one has to sit down together again afterwards and form coalitions. However, he does not yet have to issue public warnings.

Band President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is concerned about a possible mud fight in the federal election campaign. “I’m worried that it could be a mud fight,” said Steinmeier in an interview with the ZDF program “Berlin direkt”, which is to be broadcast on Sunday evening.

At the present time, however, in his opinion, the point has not yet been reached “at which the Federal President should publicly issue a warning”.

He had said “often enough” that a prerequisite for a functioning democracy was “that one let moderation and reason prevail, and that also applies in election campaigns”.

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The campaigning parties should always keep in mind that “you may have to sit down together at the table again afterwards and have to share responsibility,” said Steinmeier, with a view to the fact that due to the German electoral system, parties usually formed coalitions.

In the opinion of the Federal President, the future federal government has major challenges ahead of it. With a view to the consequences of the pandemic, climate change and digitization, Steinmeier said, “that something is coming our way that I am firmly convinced that we are all currently still underestimating it”.

The goal of climate neutrality, for example, requires nothing less than a “transformation of society,” said the president. All sectors of society are affected, from housing and construction to mobility to schools and agriculture. The dynamics of change will be enormous.

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