"Unfortunately, we feel that": Söder complains of "Bayern bashing" by the traffic light coalition

The Free State of Bavaria should not enjoy a good standing in federal politics in Berlin - at least that's how Prime Minister Söder sees it.

"Unfortunately, we feel that": Söder complains of "Bayern bashing" by the traffic light coalition

The Free State of Bavaria should not enjoy a good standing in federal politics in Berlin - at least that's how Prime Minister Söder sees it. According to Söder, the disadvantage is noticeable in the reduced grants and canceled appointments.

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder has complained about anti-Bavarian sentiment in the federal government. "We are trying to work constructively with the new federal government," said the CSU leader of the "Bild" newspaper, referring to the G7 summit in Elmau, which took place at the end of June. "Unfortunately, we sense an anti-Bayern mood in Berlin, sometimes even Bayern bashing," criticized Söder. “You get the impression that one or the other traffic light coalition partner is humming the song “Take off the Bavarians’ lederhosen”.

According to Söder, the disadvantage is noticeable in the reduced grants and canceled appointments. The traffic light parties in Bavaria would still stand by and even applaud, Söder said in an interview with the newspaper. "We as the CSU are therefore the only ones who are committed to the Free State of Bavaria in Berlin."

Recently, there had been a lot of headwind for Söder after he raised the question of using domestic gas reserves and spoke of “environmentally friendly fracking methods”. In Germany, however, fracking is prohibited.

Söder was "very worried" about the fall and the high energy prices. "There is a risk of a cold winter and impoverishment of the middle class and average earners." Unfortunately, the traffic light coalition does not have the right concept to protect the country. Söder called for massive tax cuts on energy and food and compensation for increased costs. Instead, gas prices would increase. The federal government must help companies and public utilities in need with rescue packages.

In the debate about longer lifetimes for nuclear power plants, Söder said there should be "no fix-and-Foxi solution" that is only valid for two months. "The head of the Federal Network Agency said that next winter would be at least as dangerous as the coming one. This results in a new term until 2024."

In the course of the debate, Söder also railed against the Greens: "They defend themselves with untruths. At first it was said that it wasn't possible and that it was unsafe," said Söder. The TÜV refuted that. "Now people are saying that Bavaria has too few renewable energies. That is an outright lie. We are number 1 in Germany in terms of installed capacity from renewables."

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