Mike Mohring's withdrawal
It was inevitable that the Thuringian CDU-Mohring would leave his post. But he also owes his crash to the narrow-mindedness of his western colleagues.
He looked like he was already gone. In a video, which he published on Facebook on Friday, the Thuringian CDU chairman explained Mike Mohringthat he didn't want to run for the party chair again. That he did not want to stand in the way of his party when starting over. In a corner of the room, in front of an impersonal white wall, Mohring stood at the picture, in a plain black shirt and without a tie. He looked tired, spoke a little tortured.
Basically, he had been in the corner with his back to the wall for over a week. His withdrawal was inevitable. The loss of prestige of his CDU was too blatant after they made common cause in the state parliament with the AfD and the Thuringian FDP chief Thomas Kemmerich had taken office as prime minister. The Thuringian CDU state executive had expressed his confidence the day after, but Mohring had faltered and was about to fall.
First, under pressure from the faction, he had to promise to give up the presidency in May, and then, as the MDR researched, everything should go much faster. And now Mohring has just got ahead of the last undignified push.
Mohring made many mistakes. He tacted, gambled and gambled away trust. According to the MDR, his parliamentary group colleagues are said to have complained of "uncoordinated solo efforts", "lack of involvement" and "deliberate deception". In the opposition, the verdict on him was similarly harsh: Mohring was a player who was ultimately only about himself.
Mohring is not alone to blame for the drama
As early as 2014, he should vote for the choice of the left Bodo Ramelow to prevent Prime Minister who have been dangling with the AfD. Mohring has always vigorously denied this. But he also declared in October last year that Björn Höcke was a Nazi and that he would never work with him in his life. How could it happen that the CDU, just to prevent Bodo Ramelow, together with the AfD led by the same fascist Höcke, put a candidate on the shield?
It's not just Mohring's fault. The federal CDU is also responsible for the Thuringian drama, which is dominated numerically but also ideologically by the members of the western associations. The party friends in the east and their constraints up to that day in February really didn't care about them. Thuringia, who cares, how many inhabitants does it have? Sayings that actually fell that way. Most western CDUers insist on their incompatibility decisions against the Left and the AfD and on their tradition as a party of Adenauer and Kohl. Two grandees that the CDU once positioned as a bulwark against communism. Basically, despite the murder series of the National Socialist underground, despite the success of the AfD, the CDU is still ticking in the Cold War mode and conjuring up the danger of the left.
When Mohring indicated after the state election in October that he could imagine working with the left for the benefit of Thuringia, he was ordered to Berlin and put in his place. Then some of his party friends wanted to try the AfD, they were just caught again. Since October everyone has seen that a situation in which the Left and AfD have an absolute majority in the state parliament and the CDU is immobile on both sides leads to a stalemate. Or fiasco.
For Mike Mohring it ended in fiasco. For his successor, but also for the CDU colleagues in the other eastern German states, their political careers will depend in the future on whether the CDU relaxes their relationship with the left. In Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, elections will take place next year. A second Thuringia shimmers.