NAfter the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder gave his traditional keynote speech at the autumn meeting of the CSU parliamentary group in Kloster Banz on Wednesday, it is pretty clear what the audience interested in Bavaria can expect in the remaining year until the state elections: the old Söder and the old CSU . The chairman said his party had recently become "more central again". Thinking it through to the end, this means that in the first years of his tenure he felt it was too left-wing.
Söder's clear rejection of a black-green option in Bavaria in favor of continuing the government with the free voters fits in with this. This also includes the rapid descent of climate and environmental protection from his list of priorities.
Soder asked the federal government to connect more coal-fired power plants to the grid. In order to be able to build more apartments in Bavaria, he pleaded for "more flexibility in land use", which should probably mean: more freedom for further sealing.
Söder paints a positive picture of Bavaria
In agriculture, the set-aside of areas that Söder once operated for the purpose of species protection is “not a permanent solution”. The Bavarian Prime Minister also announced that "large hydroelectric power plants" should be built on the Salzach, a relatively natural river, "possibly" with the participation of the Free State.
Söder, who, according to CSU parliamentary group leader Thomas Kreuzer, was unanimously proclaimed the top candidate for 2023 with "roaring applause", painted a very positive picture of the state of Bavaria. He praised his high-tech agenda and the transfer payments he introduced, such as family allowances.
Bavaria is the "number one land of happiness" to which not only those seeking protection but also those hungry for success like to come. Söder identified its success as the only serious problem for Bavaria – and the traffic light.
This not only leads to lively immigration, but also to the obligation to pay a lot of money into the state financial equalization; Almost nine billion euros in 2021. Other, less successful countries are trying to poach good people from Bavaria for projects that they can only pay for with money from Bavaria.
Hardship fund to mitigate the consequences of the energy crisis
Söder spoke of an “attack on federalism” and that a lawsuit would be examined again. He is concerned with a cap on the Bavarian contributions, also with a "proof of use" of Bavarian money.
Last but not least, the Bavarian Prime Minister tried to take the explosiveness out of possible campaign issues at an early stage. So he announced that he wanted to raise the salary of middle school teachers "gradually" to A 13, but only in the next legislative period.
A Bavarian hardship fund of up to one billion euros is intended to mitigate the consequences of the energy crisis. But Söder also emphasized that this is primarily a task for the traffic light – giving up the debt brake should not be taboo in the event of a “fantastic, big, bad crisis”. He described his personal motto with two F-words: "lead and feel".