Bavarian Premier Söder Critiques Federal Leadership in Anticipation of State Election

The leader of Bavaria, Markus Söder, criticized the government of Germany. He said that the current government, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, is not doing a good job with immigration policy. Söder leads the Christian Social Union (CSU) party.

Söder spoke at a party meeting in Munich before the state elections in Bavaria on October 8. He believes the government in Germany right now is one of the worst ever. He wants to keep the CSU’s strong position in Bavaria.

Söder was reelected as the head of the CSU with overwhelming support from party members. Germany’s federal government is led by Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), along with the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP). The CSU and its sister party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), are part of the opposition.

Söder is unhappy with the government’s policies and wants to use people’s dissatisfaction to his advantage. He thinks Scholz is not taking enough action and calls him a “master of silence.” He also criticizes Interior Minister Faeser for seeming overwhelmed.

Söder believes there should be a limit to how many immigrants Germany allows in. He supports helping people but not letting too many in without control.

Söder also criticized the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and said they won’t come to power. He also had some words for the Free Voters, who are rising in popularity. He thinks they should be more humble and not expect to take over the Agriculture Ministry from the CSU.

Scholz responded by criticizing Söder’s leadership style and said Söder makes a lot of announcements but doesn’t follow through. He believes the SPD should be in government to ensure stability in Bavaria.

The CSU’s popularity has been dropping in recent polls, so Söder and his party are working hard to gain more support before the October 8 elections. Söder’s deputies were also confirmed at the party meeting

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