The ruling party in Bavaria has launched its campaign for continued power, stressing its committment to what it called its beautiful province.
The CSU has ruled Bavaria for nearly half a century, and is a partner at national level with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU. But polls ahead of September’s vote suggest the CSU is losing support, with some analysts even predicting a possible coalition.
State President Gunther Beckstein said that was unthinkable:
“Our proper, decent Bavaria would be shocked at the idea of a coalition, and we must say No! we will not ruin our beautiful Bavaria like that.”
The CSU has called for tax cuts to boost its standing, but that does not go down well with the Chancellor as she tries to maintain Germany’s economic stability. Bavaria is a staunchly conservative region, and Merkel depends on the CSU for power. She told the congress the conservative movement needs a strong CSU in Bavaria. The party is unlikely to lose September’s election, but a weakened CSU would pose problems for Merkel as she prepares for the national vote next year.