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Norbert Pflüger was the federal CDU's foreign policy expert promoted by Merkel. He is THE top Atlanticist ideologue of the party. But later he drifted out of sight, and was then paracuted upon the Berlin CDU. But the locals didn't like him at all, and now fired him as faction leader. However, the federal CDU wasn't amused, and grabbed the locals by their balls. Pflüger is likely to be further parachuted into the EU as MEP.

With some more background details I think this is prime diary material, but I won't have the time with other commitments - anyone else willing (nanne, Martin)?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Sep 11th, 2008 at 05:10:55 PM EST
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Friedbert, not Norbert! (Maybe this is a Freudian slip: no man of peace = Friede...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Sep 11th, 2008 at 05:26:51 PM EST
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But the empire strikes back.

No time to write a good diary about it, and frankly, the Berlin CDU is hopeless at any rate. But feel free to use this comment if you want to write something.

I had some thoughts about Pflüger in the blog post Election Fight in Berlin!

Suffice it to say that they have replaced him with someone less electable.

I only saw this in the news this morning. The commentary in the Berliner Zeitung is a must read.

Of course, this is excellent news for the Greens (electorally), who have slowly positioned themselves as the 'modern' bourgeouis party in Berlin. That's another interesting angle. No time to translate either, but get this from the deutsche presse agentur:

Berlin (dpa/bb) - Nach Ansicht der Berliner Grünen verabschiedet sich die CDU mit der Abwahl ihres Fraktionschefs Friedbert Pflüger vom Modernisierungsprozess. «Die Partei offenbart ihr provinzielles, rückwärts gewandtes Gesicht», sagte Landesvorsitzende Irma Franke- Dressler am Donnerstag laut Pressemitteilung. Pflüger hätte hingegen auch bei den Grünen gute Chancen. «Wenn Herr Pflüger das möchte, würden wir ihn aufnehmen», sagte Franke-Dressler der dpa. «Friedbert Pflüger wollte eine moderne Großstadtpartei. Bündnis 90/Die Grünen sind die moderne Großstadtpartei. ... Jede und Jeder ist eingeladen, diesen Weg mit uns zu gehen.»

Looking to increase their share in Charlottenburg and Steglitz, the Greens are.

As for the atlanticist ideologue, yes, perhaps, but in city politics that really does not matter. Pflüger was a more liberal face for the CDU, even if he did not look the part.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Sep 12th, 2008 at 09:10:42 AM EST
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About the scary overtures from the Berlin Greens to Pflüger, the best I read yesterday was this acerbic column I'll bilingualise in full:

Alles auf Sieg Everything set for victory
Gerd Nowakowski ist von den Grünen beeindruckt, die Pflüger jetzt umwerben Gerd Nowakowski is impressed by the Greens who now court Pflüger
Gerd Nowakowski
12.9.2008 0:00 Uhr
Gerd Nowakowski
12.9.2008 0:00 clock
Die CDU in Berlin hat Friedbert Pflüger nicht mehr richtig lieb; aber er hat ja noch die Grünen. Die CDU sei ,,provinziell, rückwärtsgewandt", sagte Landeschefin Irma Franke-Dressler, bei den Grünen hätte der Ex-Fraktionschef dagegen viel bessere Chancen. Ob das Formular für den Parteieintritt schon unterwegs ist, war gestern nicht zu erfahren. Aber dass die Grünen auf Pflüger fliegen, ist ein kluger Zug. Der Mann ist ein Garant des Sieges. Ja, wirklich. Mit Friedbert gibt es keine Niederlagen. Beweis eins: Gestern wurde er krachend abgewählt, kann darin aber keine Niederlage erkennen. Beweis zwei: Das Volksbegehren zur Schließung des Flughafens Tempelhof, so äußerte er überraschend nach der Abstimmung am 27. April, habe zwar nicht genügend Stimmen bekommen, das Ergebnis sei aber trotzdem eine ganz schlimme Niederlage für den rot-roten Senat. Beweis drei: Als er im Herbst 2006 gegen Wowereit mit 21,3 Prozent das schlechteste Nachkriegsergebnis der CDU einfuhr, verwies er darauf, dass auch Rot-Rot Wählerstimmen verloren habe. Wer so einen Mann in den grünen Reihen hat, hat den Erfolg gepachtet. Nur über den Flughafen Tempelhof sollten die Grünen noch mal mit Pflüger diskutieren.The CDU in Berlin loves Friedbert Pflüger not that much anymore, but he still has the Greens. The CDU is "provincial, backward", state party boss Irma Franke-Dressler said, however the ex-faction-chief would have much better chances with the Greens. Whether the party admission form was already on its way, wasn't yet to be learnt yesterday. But the fact that the Greens fall for Pflüger, is a clever move. The man is a guarantee of victory. Yes, really. With Friedbert, there are no defeats. Proof one: Yesterday, he was voted out crashingly, but he can not see a defeat in that. Proof two: The petition for the closure of the Tempelhof airport, he surprisingly demurred after the vote on 27 April, may not have got enough votes, but the result was nevertheless a very bad defeat for the Red-Red Senate [CDU+Left Party majority regional/city parliament]. Proof three: When in the autumn of 2006, against [Berlin mayor] Wowereit [/SPD], he brought in the worst post-war record of the CDU with 21.3 percent, he pointed at the fact that Red-Red [SPD+Left Party] lost votes, too. Who has a man like this in the green lineup, has leased success. Only on the Tempelhof airport, the Greens should discuss with Pflüger once more.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Sep 12th, 2008 at 11:35:20 AM EST
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