Bernd Althusmann: Niedersachsen springt weiter
dear Mr. party chairman I would march, ladies and gentlemen delegates that says it all if you on 9 october the cdu lower saxony thank you no indeed lever party friends we are now passionately debating for a day and a half about things that also move us as a party we look very much on our own i already said yesterday we also look a bit far beyond our own cdu babbel and the video just now has made it very very clear after all the right and important and passionate debates on the matter today and yesterday in it's about germany now and also in lower saxony it's about the people who keep this country running every day the nurses the police officers the administrative staff the employees at vw at conti at bmw at mercedes it's about the people who really work in this country still working to advance this country l dear friends in lower saxony, we are generally considered to be storm-proof and down-to-earth some say we are also considered taciturn maybe also modest although my own regional association always has its problems with me when it comes to taciturnity because it knows exactly that I like to do something from time to time I would like to say but last night I greeted you all at the Lower Saxony evening with a short and did that with us in Lower Saxony from the Harz Mountains to two of the North Sea at the end of the county of Bentheim to Lüchow Dannenberg that can be with us every day and saying nighttime means oh that is the warmest form of greeting here in lower saxony new day a very short sentence and there is a third sentence that is very short and that also characterizes lower saxony ladies and gentlemen when you are in the other countries should meet a Lower Saxon at night and says to you joh then you have a promise for eternity t and when i say today lower saxony needs a new state government under the leadership of the cdu in lower saxony and finally got this sentence with a jo exactly that's what we want to achieve on october 9th in lower saxony we can also celebrate i hope you had fun last night me hope you had a good party i heard the last ones left the halls at dawn they are now fit again my task is to at least wake you up and dear friends yesterday evening many from other federal states were able to come out of a very deep inner say conviction and if only for a few hours i am from lower saxony we are happy that you are here and yesterday evening dear alexander dobrindt only one or more from another befriended union country was missing namely the friends from bavaria but i will also tell you my friend what would be bavaria without lower saxony after all, henry the lion founded munich what would markus söde be r who comes to us later without Lower Saxony, we are happy that we have been with us since October 9th, if the elections are four weeks from now, I would like to decide on Monday, October 10th with my state board of the cdu Lower Saxony who we will start coalition negotiations with but only if we can explain to the world press on 9 october at 6 p.m. then at 6:30 p.m. with the first extrapolation then at 7 p.m. in front of the assembled press i said it yesterday the lower saxony cdu is again the strongest force we have a clear government mandate schleswig holstein to north rhine westphalia the clear counterweight to the traffic light in berlin and that is badly needed for our country we have here in the prime minister my competitor has to explain in every interview at the moment why he will probably last through the next election period and why then at the end of the election period if he were elected then he would retire in any case then retire and i also say to the people of lower saxony north lower saxony the claim to shape the claim of the people in this state a state with eight million inhabitants the second largest state in the federal republic of germany the claim of lower saxony cannot be that we only get one prime minister who doesn’t thinks beyond the next legislative period, but we need a prime minister who has a vision for this state, who has a claim to shape lower saxony, who clearly says what is to be developed for this state in the next few years, it's not about it, it's not about going on like this it's not about preserving the status quo it's not about a rocking chair it's above all not about a chair circles ladies and gentlemen my competitor has business with a saying this country is in good hands clip on that some cdu associations have had here in the last election campaigns and since already used but one below there is a difference between the two of us i will definitely not sit back and relax because you don't belong in this state of lower saxony needs strong hands that can help so that this state can continue to grow in the next ten years if you want to shape the future and not look backwards red green or cope with a model of the past lower saxony is a state of opportunity that's what every state chairman and everyone from a federal state says, of course, but i want to make it clear, especially in this situation, with lower saxony, a significant responsibility for the energy supply of the federal republic of germany represents 99 percent of the natural gas supply currently from lower saxony, together with hamburg, together with schleswig holstein, together with mecklenburg-western pomerania, we will now have to set the necessary course in the area of hydrogen management along the north german coast in order to quickly become independent of russian to become gas if it had been up to the cdu lower saxony in the last five years we would have had an lng import terminal in wilhelmshaven long ago that failed because of our coalition partner, among other things ladies and gentlemen we would not have the emergency situation that we have today we are a country of wind energy we are a country of mobility after all, a large car manufacturer is also based in this country many people know him we are a country of the maritime economy we are together with bremen and hamburg the third largest cluster of the world aviation industry but we are ahead of them all things are also one of lower saxony is a state of small and medium-sized businesses handicraft businesses agricultural businesses manufacturing companies 99 percent of the economy in lower saxony consists of those who make sure that things run smoothly in this state every day many thanks to our german small and medium-sized companies and d want the eight million lower saxons who want to seriously talk about it again and argue about whether it would be better to advance the infrastructure expansion enak ferlemann we have last in the last legislative authority almost every year a billion euros thanks to the federal government to advance the infrastructure expansion in the five predecessors years red-green not a bit far from that in the previous years in lower saxony we were arguing about the education policy with red-green ladies and gentlemen the focus was not on counting reading writing but listening to writing you have to imagine the education policy of red-green was chaotic and what does red green still want you to abolish the special schools in lower saxony and i say even if there may be different opinions in other federal states i was president of the conference of ministers of culture in 2012 i promoted the topic of inclusion for all federal states and red green always makes a basic mistake it is important to focus on the well-being of the child and not what the ideologues want and here too the clear differences are between those who want to do everything the same, the well-intentioned believers and those who have a differentiated educational policy for the children and young people in our state want talented i'll say it at this point as a native of lower saxony i have both feet firmly on the ground of lower saxony i still have children between the ages of 11 and 26 i still know what it means school secondary school studies training i am still very close to the issues but i really have to say that if they didn't do what this state can actually do with 7 billion euros in lower saxony, we missed a lot and this is exactly where the lower saxony cdu will focus on in the future formation of the children in our country because it is about our future With a view to education in our country, we better equip our children with teaching and, above all, with digital teaching methods in this federal state.
We want to step on the gas dear friends dear friends the topic of education that i just posed there is hardly a regional political topic that really permeates i am also aware of that in a regional election on october 9th there is a topic that worries most people in our country that is the question of energy supply is the question of inflation that is the question how does it actually continue on my more than 40 market place gates so far through the whole country through villages cities and communities i have met many people in front of me there was a distraught crying old lady over 80 who told me mr
althusmann you can actually tell me how to proceed I don't know if I can tell my kle I am able to retire and still be able to pay the gas bill and do you know what this traffic light federal government forgot about the pensioners, at least at first at first they didn’t forget the burden of the 21 million pensioners in Germany I finally think something this traffic light has been done with the old generation in germany and also in lower saxony the gas plant sucks it is not mature it will come if we finance juniper with it at the same time ladies and gentlemen a group that previously made billions in profits you can also be an opposition in the federal but also in the federal states ask what are you actually doing where it is actually the prime minister of lower saxony who says clearly here the traffic light can’t work like that we have to relieve people with an electricity price brake with a gas brake with a cap but we have to above all things we have to do one thing too, the medium-sized un companies in our businesses of our handicraft businesses take a look again these are the bakeries butchers these are the people who work hard every day who are now facing insolvency in some cases and ladies and gentlemen you sometimes have to wonder what caused insolvency in this federal state in germany as a whole that's how it's said dear friends i sometimes think you have the impression that the airbag doesn't quite know what it's talking about so loosely based on the motto if you don't have gas in winter it doesn't freeze, it just has to heat it up ladies and gentlemen if that if that is what lower saxony and the people in the federal republic of germany demand then there can only be one thing in the state elections on 9 october the traffic lights in lower saxony must also be unplugged so that we can see the federal government by 20 25 at the latest ask again with friedrich merz and as a country as its economics minister of a bun in the country where there is at least one nuclear power plant dear alexander gruber, namely the emsland nuclear power plant i would also like to say something on this question and i know that we hope to be mostly in agreement there it is not about phasing out it is not about a return to nuclear power It is about doing what is necessary in a war and crisis situation and I am firmly convinced that this is exactly where the traffic light in Berlin fails.
It is acting irresponsibly assuming if we don't let the nuclear power plants run any longer, the german economy will suffer serious damage where are where are the federal government's legislative measures to finally connect more than two coal-fired power plants to the grid why can't we manage to finally have less in germany as 15 percent of gas is converted into electricity, which is now being exported to France and what would be really shameful for Germany if now and that's what the Federal Minister of Economics said to me if electricity is now imported from the destroyed Ukraine via Hungary to Germany, but we shut down our nuclear power plants, dear friends a traffic light policy in germany is simply not more hypocritical but i would like to mention one more hurt point then i will come to the end dear friends in lower saxony is an agricultural state lower saxony with bavaria we always argue a bit about it we are agricultural state number 1 or 2 we say so in lower saxony modest as we are, we are never an agricultural country, but dear friends, and i don't want to spare ourselves a quick look back to point out that we have expected a lot from german agriculture in recent years, no matter in which federal state, whether it now insect enschutz ordinance were box stalls antibiotics use fertilizer ordinance animal welfare labeling yes no all well and good that was not always subject to entertainment tax and many farmers are fighting for their existence recently a farmer in salzgitter stood in front of me a pig farmer and also told me very clearly