"In the summer of 2015, there was the refugees welcome campaign and a very emotional debate about the right refugee policy," he said during a talk with schoolchildren organized by the "kolner stadt-anzeiger" and the "rheinische post" newspaper. "We should not repeat this in climate policy."
Today, the refugee debate is viewed in a much more nuanced and differentiated way. "I venture to predict that the discussion about climate protection will be conducted very differently in three years’ time, if 400.000 people have to be laid off from the automotive industry."
According to the "spiegel", there is a discussion in the FDP before the federal party conference next week about how to deal with the climate protests of the schools. Lindner’s statement that climate protection is a matter for professionals was a real exclusion. "Sympathy also comes from ecological and social sensitivity," the news magazine quotes former FDP justice minister sabine leutheusser-schnarrenberger. "We should support the great youth movement for climate and the environment and talk to them."
According to "spiegel," deputy party chair marie-agnes strack-zimmermann said that in the years 2009 to 2013, the FDP used false intonation to feed the prejudice that liberals are heartless and cold. "This image is still prevalent. That’s why we have to be especially sensitive in our communications."
Bundestag president wolfgang schauble (CDU), meanwhile, praised teachers for their prudent handling of the friday demonstrations. "My impression is that most of the teachers reacted very wisely," schauble told the "neue osnabrucker zeitung" (saturday). "It was wise for most educators to hold back and catch up on their lessons. Because drama doesn’t help here at all."In the long run, friday cannot become a demo day. If breaking the taboo becomes the rule, the effect will be exacerbated. "In a few weeks a mode will find itself there."