Floods Germany: Chancellor Lasset's request.
The Prime Minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the candidate for Chancellor of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) Armin Lasset expressed his personal opinion on the tragedy in Hagen, promised help to the victims of the floods while emphasizing that his presence in his election campaign. His Social Democrat counterpart in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malo Dreier, called the floods a disaster. The Greens' parliamentary representative in the federal parliament (Bundestag), Catherine Goering Eckard, as well as Lassett, was in favor of climate change change.
The Christian Democrats (CDU) candidate for chancellor and president of Lasset's party told Hagen that “there is still no detailed picture of the devastation caused by the floods in various parts of the state. The amount needed to help those affected has not yet been estimated. The municipalities and the victims will not be left alone, he stressed. “Tomorrow the (local) cabinet will convene an extraordinary meeting to examine this issue”.
They leave behind the election campaigns
Lassett had previously canceled his participation in a Christian Social Union (CSU) party meeting in Zeeon, Bavaria, and returned to North Rhine-Westphalia overnight. All party-political issues should take second place if such a crisis situation arises as in North Rhine-Westphalia, he said. “Every prime minister who takes his office seriously must stand by his fellow citizens at such a time, regardless of whether we are campaigning.”
The president of the Christian Democratic Party and his candidate for chancellor also stressed that he does not want to use photos of his visit to the areas of catastrophic floods for his election campaign. “This is not an issue that can be exploited to create impressions,” said Hagen, who was hit hard by the weather.
As a result of the disaster, Lassett called for “faster implementation of climate protection measures. “The frequency of heavy rainfall and heat waves is linked to climate change, so we need to accelerate,” he said. The Social Democrats (SPD) Prime Minister of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate Malo Dreier spoke in the local parliament of Mainz about disaster. “Entire areas were flooded, houses were swept away by the waters. “This is a disaster,” he said. The local parliament had previously observed a minute of silence for the victims.
The head of the Greens' parliamentary group in the Federal Parliament, Catherine Goering Eckard, sees the severe bad weather in West Germany as a wake-up call for climate change. He told RTL that “extreme weather is a consequence of climate change and a signal of urgent change.” At the same time, the green politician stated that she “wholeheartedly supports the people who have been affected by the severe bad weather”. According to information from RTL, after the candidate of the Chancellor of the Social Democrats, Olaf Solts, and the candidate of the Chancellor of the Greens, Analena Berbok, she will interrupt her summer vacation due to the extraordinary circumstances.