Liar! Merkel successor Armin Laschet brutally heckled in street in front of own fans

Germany: Host grills CDU member on Armin Laschet

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CDU’s Armin Laschet stopped by Northern Germany city Bremen on Thursday, and was shouted down by protesters in the marketplace. Angela Merkel’s likely successor experienced being shouted at, insulted and whistled at for thirty minutes or more on the Bremen market square on Thursday afternoon during an address to a predominantly CDU-friendly audience.

German politician, Mr Laschet was heckled by a mostly young, vocal group of climate activists from the Youth Council of the Foundation of Generations, who branded the politician a “liar”.

The group repeatedly shouted the term alongside “Laschet out”, while Mr Laschet responded with verbal means and arguments against their taunts.

The protestors also reportedly obstructed the views of others in the marketplace with a large banner reading “you call it intergenerational justice, we call it betrayal” which was held aloft in front of the stage where Armin Laschet was giving his speech.

The CDU politician is reportedly attracting more protesters in Bremen, far more than representatives from the Greens and the FDP.

Other representatives from Laschet’s party, were in a majority of the marketplace, and while they disapproved of the protest, the CDU politicians endured the cacophony of insults around them.

Mr Laschet also advocated for “entering disagreements with arguments and not with megaphones” in response to the jaunts ahead of Sunday, September 26th’s Bundestag election where he is CDU’s candidate for chancellor.

He met their jeers with political address and issued a warning of a red-red-green alliance – a coalition between SPD, Greens and the Left – which he referred to as a “security risk” which would “harm Germany”.

He told the climate activists that he wants to convert Germany into a “climate-neutral industrial country”, adding that “you can’t do that with slogans”.

Mr Laschet also said: “The election is also about a directional decision”, and discussed that he does not want to increase taxes, in order not to burden those who are supposed to invest now.

He also claimed that the coronavirus pandemic should still not be trivialised, and discussed the importance of students returning to universities and that pupils needed to go to schools following the disruption of the last 18 months.

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Over their shouts, Laschet promised to fight for “getting a good majority” at Sunday’s election where he hopes to succeed Angela Merkel who is not running after four terms and 16 years of being Chancellor.

The chancellor candidate called out: “I want to be Federal Chancellor” at the end of his speech, before the national anthem was played.

The CDU party currently holds 245 seats in the Bundestag, making it the largest party in the lower house of the federal government.

Chancellors are not directly elected during the voting process, and instead Germany’s parliament is elected according to the principle of proportional representation.

It is only once a coalition has been agreed on, that the members of the newly elected parliament vote on the new Chancellor.

Chancellor candidates include Armin Laschet from CDU, SPD’s Olaf Scholz and the Greens Annalena Baerbock.

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