WDR election arena: duel between Wüst and Kuchaty without major highlights

It’s a duel that ends with the feeling that you’ve heard it all before. Four days before the state elections, NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) and his challenger Thomas Kutschaty (SPD) are simply unable to work out the differences in their policies in the WDR election arena. This is also due to the query format that the WDR editors-in-chief Ellen Ehni and Gabi Ludwig chose – and which nips any controversy in the bud.

So in the end there is a lot of boredom and the only open question is why Wüst wears a red tie and Kuchaty wears a black tie. All topics are processed in such a routine that one wonders. Where is the core of the Wüst brand, where is the Kuchaty brand core? It’s about internal security, school policy, health policy, housing and the transformation of industry to climate-neutral production.

WDR election duel: evening begins with foiled attack in Essen

As expected, Ellen Ehni and Gabi Ludwig got on board with the foiled right-wing extremist attack in Essen. He was affected and shocked by the extent of the willingness to use violence in a 16-year-old student, says Wüst. This shows that the state must not let up in the fight against right-wing extremism. Kuschaty, who comes from the Borbeck district of Essen, where the suspect went to school, says: If a 16-year-old develops such thoughts and hoards material for bomb construction, it has come far enough.

With regard to clan crime, Wüst explains that Interior Minister Herbert Wüst put the issue on the agenda in the first place after the change of government. He announces that he intends to increase the number of police candidates per year to 3,000 and admits that the training requirements are high. That’s why every fifth person fails. “That’s another reason why we need more applicants.”

Kuchaty: “We mustn’t just focus on the clans”

One should not only concentrate on the clans, but also take a look at the rockers and the mafia, adds Kuchaty. “We have to get to the bosses.” Organized crime is more complex. The number of police candidates just compensates for the departures of those police officers who retire. The fact is that the number of civil servants in NRW has only increased by 600 in the past five years. “It’s no surprise then that we bring up the rear in the crime statistics for the non-city states.”

Wüst sees a need to catch up when it comes to starting salaries for teachers

When it comes to education policy, the prime minister concedes that the adjustment of starting salaries for primary school teachers was left undone in the first five years of government. “We will do that in the first 100 days with the new government,” says Wüst. Better pay only helps in the long run. That’s why you have to accelerate the lateral entry, demands Kuchaty.

A graduate biologist can also become a teacher. He could imagine a comeback campaign for retired teachers in combination with a lifetime work account for currently active teachers. “Anyone who wants to do two more hours a week now” can compensate for this in later years.

unity in health policy

There is also agreement on health policy: ensure security of supply everywhere and, if possible, not close any hospitals. “Hospital planning is not about promising everyone everything,” says Wüst. “The planning must be decided politically,” said Kuchaty.

Even when it comes to housing, there are only a few differences. Regarding the restrictions on the construction of single-family homes because of the high land use demanded by the federal SPD, Kutschaty says: “Everyone should live the way they want, if the possibilities are there.” However, the construction of rental apartments is currently the priority. “Both must be possible, single-family houses and rental housing,” says Wüst. The area theme must be judged according to its ecological value. Building is the best solution to the housing shortage.

Possible coalition partners open to both parties

It’s no wonder that Wüst and Kuchaty almost agree on the coalition bingo at the end of the show. That means for Sunday: Anyone could coalition with anyone. Except for the AfD.

An Insa survey commissioned by the Bild newspaper, which was published on Thursday, sees the CDU at 32 percent, well ahead of the SPD, which is 28 percent. The Greens would then come to 16, the FDP to eight percent. With seven percent, the AfD would make it back into the state parliament, the left (three percent) stayed out again.

Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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