Thuringian CDU again rejects coalition instructions from Berlin

Photo: Mario Voigt (archive), via dts news agency

Erfurt (dts) – Thuringia's CDU leader and top candidate for the state elections in September, Mario Voigt, does not want to accept any instructions from Berlin on the question of a possible coalition. "We Thuringians decide for ourselves," Voigt told the "Rheinische Post" (Friday edition).

Regarding the statements by CDU leader Friedrich Merz that there will be no coalition with the Sahra Wagenknecht (BSW) alliance, Voigt said again: "Friedrich Merz spoke for the federal level. As the Thuringian Union, we do not conduct coalition debates."

The Union wants to become the strongest force in the Free State "in order to bring about a change in policy for the better." The stronger the CDU, the more stable the new government will be, said the CDU politician. They want political change and are therefore first looking at which specific issues are important to people. "Then we will hold discussions about who we can work with to solve the problems," said Voigt.