The SPD federal chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans accused the Union of a tendency towards nepotism. “In parts of the CDU and CSU, the principle that one hand washes the other has come to light again and again. The detergent is money - and some of these parties are particularly close, ”said Walter-Borjans of the“ Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung ”(FAS).
“It goes with the fact that the CDU and CSU regularly block every initiative for more transparency and tougher sanctions against criminals. And then you are completely surprised when someone has held up their hand. The party chairmen Armin Laschet and Markus Söder now have to make it clear that they really want to change something structurally. "
The parliamentary manager of the SPD, Carsten Schneider, also attacked the Union: "Apparently some of the Union has lost their moral compass." Sharp replies came from the Union. CDU general secretary Paul Ziemiak told the FAS that the candidacy of the SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz had been "an unprecedented blown". The SPD has been abusing the corona crisis to campaign against the Union for months.
“Now she's going one step further, in a rather brazen way to scorn thousands of CDU members. The fact that committed CDU politicians are blanketed under suspicion by Norbert Walter-Borjans is not only cheap, but also unworthy of the former People's Party SPD. ”CSU General Secretary Markus Blume reminded the Social Democrats of their own misconduct. “Unlike the hypocritical SPD, the Union reacted quickly and extremely consistently to the inexcusable behavior of its former members. While the Union clears the table, the SPD wants to cover up, disguise and distract people on their own doorstep, ”said Blume from the FAS. The SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has “still not commented on his dubious role at Wirecard and the crooked cum-ex deals in Hamburg. The SPD member of the Bundestag Marcus Held is on trial for embezzlement, fraud and corruption. Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, as a Russian mercenary, unabashedly lobbies for an autocratic regime. But nobody in the SPD draws any conclusions. Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken should urgently start cleaning up their own shop. "
The deputy CDU chairman and Prime Minister of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, disagreed with the charge that the Union had a structural problem. “I can't see that right now. The CDU and the CSU acted quickly, correctly and consistently. The code of honor that the MPs now have to sign was also important. "
The members of the Union parliamentary group had to assure that they had not enriched themselves during the pandemic. Bouffier said he was surprised "that the SPD parliamentary group does not have a code of honor like the CDU / CSU is now".