Dance certificates on the wall, pictures of the forest in the background, but also one or two ties could be seen: the CDU in Leichlingen invited to a New Year’s reception on Sunday morning – all online via zoom.
Normally you would have toasted now, a member remarked, or small talk in groups of two. None of this was possible anymore. In return, the participants were able to save themselves the journey – which might have become a problem with ten to 20 centimeters of snow on Sunday morning.
CDU boss Maurice Winter hosted the event: “It was important to us to keep this tradition of the New Year’s reception.” Member of the State Parliament Rainer Deppe and District Administrator Stephan Santelmann were virtual guests. There were also visits from other parties with Lothar Esser from the FDP. City treasurer Thomas Knabbe and the director of the music school Andreas Genschel (who was only in office for a few days) were also among the 37 participants.
Genschel said goodbye again and took the opportunity to solicit support for the future of the music school. It has to change from a “nice to have” to a “must have”. Recorded videos of dance performances underlined this claim.
Underlined election result
Maurice Winter was satisfied looking back at the local election year. He had to admit defeat to the incumbent mayor Frank Steffes. Winter highlighted creative campaigns such as “#Tackle” and the result of the election: “We have managed to become the strongest force in the city council again.”
“It was about time too,” said Interior Minister Herbert Reul and warned not to let the thread break at the music school: “The music school, that was our child,” said Reul.
Further topics were found at the national political level: Hermann-Josef Tebroke and Andreas Jung advocated a solid budget policy in Germany, despite and especially in times of crisis like at present, and for focusing more clearly than before on “the time afterwards”.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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