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On 15. May, a new state parliament will be elected in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the 2017 election, the CDU prevailed over the SPD. Minister President Hendrik Wust wants to repeat. Two weeks before the election, the election campaign enters the hot phase. All important information. Latest developments on the state election in the news ticker.

Some 13 million citizens are being called upon to elect a new state parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia this May. 29 different parties will be competing in 128 constituencies.

May rallies of DBG in
NRW – many demos

Sunday, 1.05.2022, 8. To the 1. May will be many dozens of rallies. Demos expected in North Rhine-Westphalia. May will be many dozens of rallies. Demos expected in North Rhine-Westphalia. Chancellor Scholz comes to Dusseldorf, Minister President Wust to Dortmund.

To the day of the work on 1. Many political celebrities expected in North Rhine-Westphalia in May. Minister President Hendrik Wust (CDU) will attend the central rally of the Confederation of German Trade Unions in NRW. SPD state leader Thomas Kutschaty to Dortmund (12.3 p.m.).3 p.m.). There will also be other top candidates for the state parliament election on 15. May participate in a discussion in the Westfalenpark.

In Dusseldorf, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) will come to a DGB event on Sunday at noon. The union puts the 1. May will be held nationwide under the motto "GeMAInsam gestalten Zukunft" (Shaping the future). DGB plans almost 60 events in NRW. The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The state elections are among the thematic priorities.

Police prepared for numerous demos in the state. Several rallies are registered in Dortmund, including from the far-right party "Die Rechte," against whose march counter-demos are planned. In the state capital, emergency forces are also gearing up for several events.

State election in NRW: SPD wants to forge coalition even if 2nd place is won

Sunday, 1.05.2022, 5.47 o'clock: North Rhine-Westphalia's top SPD candidate Thomas Kutschaty wants to try to become prime minister even if he comes in second in the state election in two weeks' time. "Of course. In principle, there's nothing wrong with that," the former justice minister and SPD state leader told Berlin's "Tagesspiegel" (Sunday). "It's a matter of organizing a stable majority in parliament for our own government, if it's mathematically possible to do so."

In the most populous state in Germany, the 15. May a new state parliament is elected. CDU and SPD in neck-and-neck race according to polls.

"We have good contacts with both the Greens and the FDP," Kutschaty emphasized. In any case, one thing is clear: "In not a single recent poll has there been enough for Black-Yellow, i.e. for the continuation of the current government."This government would be voted out of office.

He said it was also important for the position of North Rhine-Westphalia that a prime minister work closely with the federal government of Olaf Scholz (SPD) – that would be the case with him.

He accused Wust of shying away from confrontation with him, saying, "I have yet to meet him on any panel discussion. There is always only the second. Third row of the CDU. I do not know why he shies away from the public there so and does not want the direct comparison."

After Henry Maske in the ring: top candidates exchange blows

Saturday 30.04.2022, 9.11 p.mFor the first time, the leading candidates have climbed into a boxing ring for a political exchange of blows before a North Rhine-Westphalian state election. In a working-class neighborhood of Dusseldorf, the "Politboxen" took place on Friday evening in front of several hundred spectators.

But first the real fists flew: in the fight between two amateur boxers over three rounds, moderated by gentleman boxer and boxing legend Henry Maske. The rated the fight, in which there was "nice on the spleen," Solomon as a draw.

Afterwards, the top candidates climbed into the corners of the boxing ring: Thomas Kutschaty (SPD), Mona Neubaur (Greens) and Joachim Stamp (FDP). Only for the CDU, Minister President Hendrik Wust was represented by parliamentary group leader Bodo Lottgen.

In two-minute intervals, it went on analogous to boxing: rounds of introductions, rounds of questions, rounds of duels. Even faster the topic staccato: education, energy transition, inflation, housing, care emergency. As in real boxing, after the first cautious feeling out, things soon got down to business. The supporters who traveled with the team created a good atmosphere.

Quiet and serious in the boxing arena on the subject of Ukraine. There are things bigger than party conference resolutions, and they're no good for election campaigns, says Green Party candidate Neubaur.

Behind the idea of the Politboxen is the IQ-Bildungsinstitut from Schleswig-Holstein, which thought up the format from sport, show and political argument culture and brought also before other Landtagswahlen into position.

Wust against general speed limit on highways

Friday, 29.04.2022, 13.45 o'clock: CDU Minister President Hendrik Wust speaks out against a general speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour on freeways in the area of transport policy. Instead, more use should be made of digital boards to flexibly steer the maximum speed depending on the traffic situation – this would help reduce emissions and congestion. Wust was NRW transport minister for four and a half years before becoming head of government.

Commenting on the disaster involving the Rahmede highway bridge in the Sauerland region near Ludenscheid, which has been completely blocked for months, the CDU politician said: "If investments had been made earlier, this would not have happened."For three decades, he said, transport infrastructure has been neglected. During his time as Minister of Transport, investment in roads had been increased. Rail has been raised to record levels.

Minister President Wust positions himself on possible energy bottlenecks

Friday, 29.04.2022, 08.45 a.m: With energy shortages in Germany due to Russia's war of aggression on Ukraine, cold apartments must not be an option next winter, according to Prime Minister Hendrik Wust. Instead, it would be necessary to look at where in the industry a shutdown would have the least impact, said the CDU's top candidate for the state elections on 15. May 1 rally on Friday on WDR 2's "Morgenmagazin". Since the basic industry is at the beginning of production, it must remain exempt, he said. To become independent of Russian energy, he said, three building blocks are needed.

New supply relationships would have to be established. The expansion of renewable energies must go faster, he said. "We are still the fastest here among the slowest," Wust said of North Rhine-Westphalia in a comparison of the states of Germany. While he maintains that coal-fired power generation must be phased out in 2030, power plants should be kept in reserve now so they can be used if necessary, said NRW Gov.

Prime Minister and opposition leader at 1. May rally

Thursday, 28.04.2022, 08.05:00: Minister President Wust and his challenger from the SPD, Thomas Kutschaty, will appear in Dortmund at the Labor Day rally. Two weeks before the state elections, they will be from 12.15 Speak. Other top politicians also expected at May Day rallies in NRW. SPD Secretary General Kevin Kuhnert in Bielefeld, SPD Chairwoman Saskia Esken in Bergkamen and Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labor (SPD), in Gelsenkirchen, for example. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will appear from 12.00 hrs at the May Day rally in Dusseldorf.

NRW state election could be target of cyberattacks

Wednesday, 27.04.2022, 10.40 o'clock: The state elections on 15. May in North Rhine-Westphalia could become the target of criminal hackers, according to a report. With this assessment, the "Rheinische Post" quoted the head of the Central and Contact Point Cybercrime, Markus Hartmann. "We have prepared ourselves internally for possible attacks. So we have set up an improved readiness and made appropriate provisions for emergencies," said Hartmann.

"From a forensic assessment, we believe cyberattacks on state elections are not an unthinkable scenario. That's because NRW is one of the largest economies in Europe," Hartmann told the RP. "We take the scenario of a cyberattack seriously in the context of the election." The war in Ukraine exacerbates the danger situation once again. But his agency currently has no evidence that there will be targeted cyberattacks on the election.

Members of state parliaments have been trained on the subject of personal data security and associations and institutions are being informed about the dangers. The Cybercrime Central and Contact Point is located at the Cologne Public Prosecutor's Office and is considered the largest cybercrime unit in the judiciary nationwide.

SPD canvasses for votes for NRW election after "Mallorca-Gate" on the island

Wednesday, 27.04.2022, 10.30 h: Around two weeks after the Majorca affair was exposed, the NRW SPD is using posters on the vacation island to canvass for votes. Four large posters with the inscription "Have a nice vacation! We take care of the NRW of tomorrow" were attached at the beach of Palma, in addition one in airport proximity, said a speaker of the SPD in Duesseldorf. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the 15. A new state parliament is elected in May, and the CDU and SPD are currently neck-and-neck in the polls.

The plan with the posters on the most popular vacation island of the Germans had been developed well before the resignation of NRW Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU), who had recently resigned in the wake of the so-called Mallorca affair. The minister had also invited CDU cabinet colleagues to a birthday party for her husband in Mallorca a few days after the devastating floods last summer, while people in NRW were still battling the deadly floods.

Dusseldorf: Increased security measures at the NRW state parliament

Tuesday, 26.04.2022, 08.3 pm: Security measures at the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia are strengthened. Even before the new parliamentary elections on 15. The installation of a bollard system costing just under 300. 000 euros bollard system should be completed so that no more unauthorized vehicles can drive onto the forecourt or even roll directly in front of the entrance, as the state parliament announced on Monday.

Bielefeld: Whistles against Robert Habeck at election campaign appearance

Tuesday, 26.04.2022, 07.55 hrs: An election campaign appearance by German Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) was accompanied by loud protests in North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday. In Bielefeld, about 100 people provided a continuous whistle, according to the observation of a dpa photographer. Held up posters against the vice chancellor's policy in connection with Russia's war of aggression on Ukraine.

Kutschaty whistles former SPD mayor back after controversial blog post on Ukraine war

Monday, 25.04.2022, 09.25 p.m: Dusseldorf's former mayor Thomas Geisel (SPD) has removed a controversial blog post on the war against Ukraine from his website. He is thus complying with a request from NRW SPD leader Thomas Kutschaty, because the post had been used in social media as an opportunity to polemicize against the SPD, Geisel said. He stressed that he no longer has an SPD mandate and that his contribution "obviously" did not reflect a party view, but his personal view.

Kutschaty had said on Sunday that he had asked Geisel by telephone to withdraw the contribution the same day. Kutschaty – also the SPD's top candidate for the state election on 15. May – accused Geisel of relativizing the war crimes in the Ukrainian Butcha. Geisel deleted the post in the night to Monday. Lud published a new article with the title "Enough – even with the shitstorms!" high.

In it, Geisel defends his positions, but also admits: "The invasion of Ukraine is a crime, and atrocities remain atrocities; comparisons with even more monstrous crimes and numbers of victims are probably not appropriate in this case."

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