The former CSU boss draws parallels between Aiwanger’s behavior in the leaflet affair and the methods of ex-President Donald Trump. The answers to Söder’s questions in particular are unsatisfactory.
According to ex-CSU boss Erwin Huber, the behavior of Vice Prime Minister Hubert Aiwanger in the course of the leaflet affair is similar to the methods of former US President Donald Trump. “Of course you can’t equate Aiwanger with Trump. Aiwanger isn’t that big. But the methods are similar,” says the 77-year-old on Deutschlandfunk. “People don’t even take notice that there are allegations. They simply deny it. They threaten to sue. Secondly: You make yourself a victim. That’s similar to Trumpism. I hope that doesn’t catch on in Germany Politics.”
Aiwanger’s answers to Prime Minister Markus Söder’s 25 questions are not an example of transparency, says Huber. “The statement, I can’t remember, speaks for itself. That means Hubert Aiwanger actually has no will to clarify.”
Nevertheless, Söder’s decision to leave his deputy in office was correct, emphasizes Huber. “Conjuring up a government crisis four weeks before the state elections is of course pointless. That means Markus Söder acted out of an ethic of responsibility. He thinks about the consequences of his actions.” Bavaria’s economic situation and energy supply are the most important problems in the Free State. “To put another political crisis over it would be the wrong way,” said Huber. “Unfortunately, he had no other choice.” He now expects “more openness, more clarity and also a real apology” from Aiwanger.
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