Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder had complained about a preference for the “Northern countries” when it came to gas deliveries. The Federal Government Commissioner for the East, Carsten Schneider (SPD), is now reacting with drastic words. He accuses Söder of “unsolidarity arrogance”.
The Federal Government Commissioner for the East, Carsten Schneider (SPD), has sharply criticized Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). “This lack of solidarity arrogance of the CSU Prime Minister is not new,” said Schneider in an interview with the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (weekend edition) published in Halle.
He was referring to Söder’s statements in which he complained that the “northern countries” were given preference when it came to gas deliveries and in this context referred to how much money his state had already paid to others in the financial equalization. With “his regulars’ table slogans,” Söder hides the fact that many economic achievements, of which the CSU is proud, are made by East Germans who have gone to Bavaria since 1990.
“Without the East, Bavaria would be a poorer country,” said Schneider. Söder “unlike East Germany overslept the expansion of renewable energies” and is therefore now experiencing difficulties. “Before his state elections next year, he wants to distract from that with cheap slogans,” criticized Schneider.