Scholz finds criticism of Baerbock exaggerated

Federal Elections Scholz finds criticism of Baerbock exaggerated

Olaf Scholz

SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has described allegations against the Green candidate Annalena Baerbock as a bit exaggerated. Photo: Kay Nietfeld / dpa

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In the fight for the Chancellery, SPD candidate Olaf Scholz says that his Green colleague will be treated differently as a woman. That is "not fair" and should be "spoken out".

SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has described allegations against the Green candidate Annalena Baerbock as a bit exaggerated. Scholz told the German Press Agency in Berlin that he himself had decided “never to perceive harsh criticism of me or my party as a campaign”. There is now a momentum for his own election campaign. Scholz: "The race is open."

Everyone makes mistakes and the election campaign is looked at very carefully, said Scholz. "Nevertheless, I find the criticism in the case of Ms. Baerbock a bit exaggerated." Baerbock is the target of plagiarism allegations because of her book “Jetzt. How we renew our country ». Previously, late reporting of payments to the Bundestag and clarifications in the résumé of Baerbock's election campaign had harmed. This had started after the decision of the Greens for Baerbock as a candidate in April with a survey altitude flight.

"One thing is clear: this is a tough test when you apply for the office of head of government in the largest country in the European Union and one of the most powerful economies in the world," said Scholz. "Nobody should be surprised about that." Scholz himself had to accept attacks because of the Cum / Ex affair during his time as Hamburg mayor and because of the scandal surrounding the financial services provider Wirecard.

Regardless of the current specific questions, the following applies: "Women are treated differently than men, including in politics," said Scholz. That is not okay. "That's not fair. And it should also be spoken out loud. "

In the polls, the values ​​of the Greens have fallen since their soaring in April and May, and the Union, which was then slumped, was able to gain again. The SPD moves between 15 and 16,5 percent.

Scholz said: “The surveys show a dynamic development and of course we should continue to improve. It is important that we are within striking distance. " In all parliamentary elections in the past few months, the values ​​have changed much more within a short time than is necessary now for a social democrat to become chancellor. This applies from Hamburg to Rhineland-Palatinate to Saxony-Anhalt.

"We can feel the momentum everywhere now," said Scholz. "That is tangible in every conversation." There are now more and more people who see it as realistic and good if the SPD leads the next government. "Our message is: If you want Olaf Scholz to lead the next government, it is best to make the cross directly with the SPD."

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