“Dirty” wrapped in friendly terms: Söder just can’t be caught bullying Laschet – politics

And he did it again: Markus Söder ‘smiled’ again. That’s what Horst Seehofer, predecessor to Bavaria’s prime minister and CSU chief, mentioned what the Franks were doing to get him out of these offices. Others would have called it bullying. But Söder cannot be caught, not on the open podium. Nobody knows how he – at least a lawyer and trained journalist – manages to package biting criticism in supposedly friendly statements.

That he had congratulated SPD candidate Olaf Scholz; that the chancellor could become – yes, sounds completely harmless. It just isn’t. Then not when brother-enemy Armin Laschet fights for his last chance to become chancellor himself. Söder declares it absurd in the subordinate clause.

And if he lets his follower Alexander Dobrindt say that the CSU wants ‘order’, then it should mean vice versa that Laschet stands for chaos. After all, that’s the picture the CSU boss has painted since the start of the blatant quarrel between the two party leaders: with him everything would be arranged differently.

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With which Söder again sends the message that he is there. When he is called. Calculate? Yes. But, hard to believe: the bill may even add up.

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