MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear Mr. President! My dear colleagues! For me, freedom and security are two aspects that are inextricably linked. In a free country, the state must ensure a safe environment, and our police play a crucial role in this. We need a police force in our country that is well-staffed and well-equipped. In that regard, this is a good budget today. It provides more posts and better equipment for our security agencies. In the Federal Police in particular, the increase in staff is continuing.
Ladies and gentlemen, with this we make one thing clear: We, the CDU and CSU, see our police force as partners, as an important and indispensable part of our society. We stand by our police.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
This assessment should actually be a matter of course in this House. But the relationship with our police is very different; The discussions of the past weeks have clearly shown this. In my opinion, the left in this House often sees the police as opponents. And that is a fundamental difference that cannot be pointed out here often enough.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Bernhard Daldrup [SPD]: What you say is a cheek! It’s not true!)
In view of the statements made by the current SPD party leadership, I unfortunately have to include you. It’s difficult for me, but unfortunately it is.
(Ulli Nissen [SPD]: nonsense!)
Especially left and green, ladies and gentlemen, use every opportunity to criticize the work of our police officers and to stir up distrust.
(Dr. Irene Mihalic [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS]: That’s not true at all!)
It should be our job to protect the people who often risk their health and sometimes their lives for our society.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and MPs from the AfD)
Ladies and gentlemen, these differing attitudes became particularly clear in the course of the racism debate that we have had over the past few weeks. I don’t want to downplay the problem: The fight against racism is a relevant societal challenge,
(Acclamation from Deputy Dr. Jens Zimmermann [SPD])
which we certainly have to deal with more often here in the house.
But what are the Greens doing in particular, ladies and gentlemen? They are trying with all their might to turn the societal problem of racism into a specific police problem. That was and is unbearable for me.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and MP Franziska Gminder [AfD] – Britta Haßelmann [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS]: That’s not true at all! – Alexander Dobrindt [CDU / CSU]: Unbearable!)
I can only say: stop criticizing our police all the time!
(Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Nobody does that!)
Stop accusing our police of an attitude or even a general problem of racism! We as the CDU and CSU will not allow that.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That’s so flat!)
I say it clearly: Of course, mistakes also happen with the police; Wherever people work, mistakes happen. But the cases that have become known in recent weeks show that errors are noticed and that there is a consistent response to them.
(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: That’s how it is!)
President Dr. German politican:
Mr Oster, Mr von Notz would like to ask a question.
Josef Oster (CDU / CSU):
No not now.
(Shouting from Abig. Dr. Konstantin von Notz [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])
There are 270,000 police officers in Germany. To put the whole police under general suspicion because of a few individual cases is simply shabby for me, ladies and gentlemen.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU – Otto Fricke [FDP]: Nobody does that! – Benjamin Strasser [FDP]: Nobody does that! – Dr. Irene Mihalic [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Where is your appreciation? )
So, ladies and gentlemen, I could still say a lot about this budget.
(Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That way you won’t get through the debate well! My speaker is a police officer!)
As the former mayor, Minister Seehofer, I of course also welcome the digitization offensive in public administration. There is a great need for action; We will certainly take a giant step forward with this budget. We will have a whole series of details to discuss in the next few weeks, also in committee; I am looking forward. I think you can already say today: This budget is a good draft, especially for security in Germany.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That way you won’t get through the police debate! – Dr. Irene Mihalic [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That you are not embarrassed, Mr. Oster!)
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