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US News parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus stimulates the countries: The counting spirit

18:10  01 december  2020
18:10  01 december  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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Ralph Brinkhaus (born 15 June 1968) is a German CDU politician. Since 2018 he has been the parliamentary group leader of the ruling CDU/CSU group in the German Bundestag. Brinkhaus was born on 15 June 1968 in Wiedenbrück, North Rhine-Westphalia, and grew up in Rietberg.

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The bang was foreseeable. It wasn't his vehemence. So angry, says a CDU executive committee member the next day, he has never seen the ever thoughtful Volker Bouffier.

The Hessian took the group chairman Ralph Brinkhaus to his chest among the CDU leaders. If Brinkhaus claims that the countries got a slim footing in the Corona crisis financially, would be completely wrong in the matter and utterly unspeakable in style: "I urge you to moderate yourself in the future!"

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Brinkhaus' reaction is not recorded. Only parliamentary group manager Michael Grosse-Brömer defended his boss. But whoever knows him, suspected: it won't be so easy with the moderate.

In his own way, he is also a Merkel man.

Brinkhaus has been chairman of the largest parliamentary group for two years. The 52-year-old owed the job in 2018 to the boredom of Angela Merkel and the chutzpah of standing for election as an unknown financial politician. Her faction tamer Volker Kauder got frustrated with the Chancellor - and Brinkhaus got the third most important post in the CDU after the Chancellery and party chairmanship.

Merkel quickly realized that the East Westphalian was serious about its declared loyalty. In essence, it still applies today. In the corona policy, he supports the chancellor's tough course. In the right-left scheme, despite being close to the economy, he is part of the liberal camp.

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Brinkhaus did not attract attention for a long time because of its power-political ambition. Inwardly, however, he secured his position. He leaves a long leash to representatives and technical speakers. He takes one of the deputies with him to the camera appearance before each parliamentary group meeting. They also thank him for their freedom by ignoring some choleric outbursts.

When it comes to money, fun stops for him.

But Brinkhaus has been grumbling for some time. It's almost always about the money. For the trained business economist and tax advisor, the "black zero" is more than an election campaign hit. He was serious when he spoiled the spending compromise mood for whole coalition committees with reminders on budget discipline before the Corona period.

Even with the first Corona stimulus package, it immediately appeared as a warning: Help has to be there, but not forever and only where it needs to be. Every new idea arouses his suspicion, even if it comes from his own CDU economics minister Peter Almaier.

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Last week in the Bundestag he addressed Merkel directly: "There is one area, Ms. Chancellor, that is not in order ..." Namely, the burden sharing with the federal states: they could not continuously pass resolutions "and then the bill to the federal government present".

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The applause from within our own ranks was despite the tight Corona occupation in the Reichstag unmistakable. The parliamentarians have long gone against the grain that they can only approve Corona aid negotiated by the states and the Chancellery. And of course they had all read that Michael Kretschmer from Saxony had even tried in the most recent round to have additional school bus trips financed by the federal government.

Brinkhaus had read it too. It confirmed his unflattering image of the sovereign: insist on competencies and nothing to be said, but can't get a uniform line and always hold your hand - even at costs that are clearly the responsibility of the states and their subordinate municipalities.

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This kind of federalism can be stolen from him. Brinkhaus is not alone in this. Merkel says nothing, however, in order not to endanger her role as a corona referee. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants the same thing as Brinkhaus, just swirled: In the next few years, Corona aid would have to become more of a "joint task" for the federal and state governments, he recently demanded in the "Heute" journal.

Power issues lurk behind the financial dispute.

Conspiracy is not something an East Westphalian should do. At the latest when the cameras switch off, Brinkhaus speaks straight out. His dislike did not remain hidden from the Prime Minister for long. That may have contributed to Bouffier's vehemence. It's not just about billions, it's also about power issues.

For Brinkhaus itself, this even applies twice.

In one year, directly after the federal election, the Union parliamentary group will elect its new chairman. A challenger is already in sight. Jens Spahn will no longer be satisfied with the Ministry of Health.

On the other hand, Brinkhaus is a comfortable chairman for many MPs, especially in the economic wing, which has a large number of members. And on the radio in the Reichstag, one or the other is already ventilating the question of whether he might not be the right man to redeem the CDU from its chairman's dilemma: three candidates, with whom hardly anyone is really happy.

Brinkhaus likes the

rumors . When asked directly about it, he becomes vaguely un-East Westphalian: “The question does not arise now.”

His last

speeches in the Reichstag even allow the conclusion that he is fueling speculation. Back then against Kauder, he had also finally convinced with a strong speech.

A candidacy would still be a big surprise with an uncertain outcome. But everybody said that two years ago.

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