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Media report: Baden-Württemberg: Palmer wants to run for Free Voters

Media report: Baden-Württemberg: Palmer wants to run for Free Voters

Tübingen’s mayor Boris Palmer often caused controversy. The controversial politician resigned from the Green Party in May. Now it is under discussion for another party.

According to media reports, Tübingen’s mayor Boris Palmer (independent) wants to campaign for the Free Voters in the Tübingen district in the local elections in Baden-Württemberg in June next year. According to a report by SWR, the 51-year-old is to become active for the Free Voters faction in the Tübingen district council. Palmer did not comment on this when asked. Instead, he referred to a press conference on Monday in the Tübingen district office.

The SWR quoted the parliamentary group leader of the Free Voters in the Tübingen district, Thomas Hölsch, as saying: “I think he fits well into our team.” The Free Voters are independent of parties and are only committed to the local cause. “Everyone is allowed to bring in their own ideas.” In addition, there is no compulsory faction in the association – “everyone can decide according to their knowledge and conscience”. The State Association of Free Voters Baden-Württemberg is an association and not a party.

Palmer (51) has been mayor of Tübingen since 2007 and repeatedly offends with political statements. He often caused controversy with statements about refugee policy, for example, and he was also accused of racism. However, his management during the corona pandemic and his local environmental policy brought nationwide attention and recognition.

In May of this year, the controversial politician resigned from the Green Party after a scandal over the use of the N-word at a migration conference in Frankfurt. His membership had already been suspended because of other controversial statements.

Source: Stern

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