There was criticism of Armin Laschet for taking part in a panel discussion in Stuttgart on Wednesday evening. In the meantime, the Prime Minister is getting an idea of the floods in North Rhine-Westphalia on site.
CDU boss Armin Laschet has canceled his planned visit to the retreat of the CSU regional group in Seeon because of the dramatic flood situation in western Germany.
On Thursday morning, the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister and Union Chancellor candidate visited Altena in the Märkischer Kreis. There, on Wednesday afternoon, a 46-year-old firefighter fell into the water and drifted away after rescuing a man from a flooded district. His colleagues had only been able to rescue him dead.
Laschet found out about the situation in Altena in the district’s control center at the district administrator and the district fire chief, as the German press agency learned from NRW government circles. Then he drove to the city of Hagen, which was particularly hard hit by the storms, to get an idea of the local situation there too.
Laschet had broken off his trip through southern Germany, he was said to have returned to North Rhine-Westphalia that night. After his visit to Hagen, the Prime Minister wanted to find out more about the consequences and further developments of the storms in North Rhine-Westphalia and to force possible aid from the state.
Laschet had discussed the cancellation of the visit to the CSU retreat in the Upper Bavarian monastery Seeon with CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt and the CSU chairman Markus Söder. He linked this with the promise to meet with the CSU regional group in August, it said.
Dobrindt said in Seeon: ‘There will be a catch-up date, it will be in August.’ He himself and CSU boss Markus Söder would expressly understand that Laschet could not come to Seeon as planned because of the dramatic storm situation in North Rhine-Westphalia.