Thuringia government crisis: AfD leader Alexander Gauland Bundestag speech, English subtitles
Notes with timestamps:
0:20 "six weeks": I'm not sure what the significance of the "six weeks" is. The start of the year? If anyone knows, please comment below!
0:33 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will stand down as CDU leader in the summer, partly because this crisis has exposed her lack of authority within the party.
0:43 On the 5th of February Thomas Kemmerich of the FDP was elected to the position of minister-president (effectively prime minister) of the state of Thuringia (Thüringen). Kemmerich was elected due to the combined votes of the CDU, FDP and AfD in the Thurngia state parliament. It remains unclear to what extent the three parties cooperated prior to the vote, nonetheless this was a significant moment in German politics because the other parties in Germany have up to now have always refused to work with the AfD when building majorities to form governments and elect minister-presidents.For more information on the Thuringia crisis please see my previous video https://www.bitchute.com/video/4T7Zdz6h4yWK/
1:10 The AfD switched their support in the third round of voting from their candidate to the FDP candidate.
1:19 The old minister prsdident: Bodo Ramelow of Die Linke.
1:31 Merkel called the vote unforgivable and wants the CDU in Thuringia to now vote Kemmerich out of office, so a new minister-president can be elected, or for new elections to be held.
1:49 Walter Ulbricht was leader of East Germany between 1950 and 1971.
2:06 Street terror: Kemmerich's wife was spat at on the street and his kids were given police escorts to and form school. Crowds of people gathered outside his house to protest. FDP offices were vandalised.
2:30 Willy Brandt (SPD) was chancellor of West Germany from 1969-74. The vote of no-confidence failed by two votes (not one as suggested by Gauland). It is believed that at least two CDU members were bribed by the Stasi (East German intelligence agency / secret police) to abstain. MfS = Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (Ministry for State Security). "Stasi" is taken from the first three letters of Staat and the first two letters for Sicherheit.
2:58 Bürgerlich = centre / centre right. Covers liberal, Christian democrat and conservative parties. In Germany the FDP and the CDU are considered bürgerlich. The AfD considers itself bürgerlich but others reject this. Bürgerlich parties support small government (especially subsidiarity), low taxes, and property rights. Political parties in the German speaking world are sometimes divided into the "left camp" and the "bürgerlich camp". Bürgerlich literally means bourgeois, it refers back to the burghers, a class of upper middle class people in medieval towns and citizens, and their values and beliefs. Bürgerlich (in a political context) is usually translated into English as conservative, centre right or civic, but I dont think any of these terms are entirely satifactory, so I think it may be better to use the original untranslated German term.
3:03 Görlitz coalitions: Görlitz is a town in eastern Germany. Despite being by far the largest party on the town council (13 of 38 seats) the AfD are kept out of power by a coalition of nearly all the other parties.
3:23 Herr Günther = Daniel Günther (CDU), minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein. Herr Ziemiak = Paul Ziemiak, general secretary of the CDU and a member of the Bundestag. Ziemiak was the speaker who immediately preceded Gauland during this debate. During his speech Ziemiak strongly criticised the idea of the CDU dropping its ban on working with Die Linke.
4:34 Union = the CDU and the similar Bavarian party the CSU.
4:37 Konrad Adenauer (CDU) West German chancellor 1949-63. Helmut kohl (CDU) was chancellor from 1982-98.
Date of this speech: Thursday, February 13th 2020.
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