Erfurt (dpa/th) – Thuringia’s AfD parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke has criticized the actions of the CDU in the negotiations on the budget for 2023. “The CDU’s annual mirror fencing over the state budget robs the actors involved of time and nerves,” said the 50-year-old on Monday. In the end, the CDU will “buckle”.

Negotiations on the budget for the coming year are currently underway in Thuringia. To this end, several meetings of the Left, SPD, Greens, CDU and FDP were announced. Most recently, however, the CDU missed several appointments and called for improvements. The background is that the coalition of Left, SPD and Greens does not have its own majority in Parliament and needs four votes from the opposition to pass the budget.

According to previous plans, the new budget should be decided in December. However, there are doubts as to whether the schedule can still be met. The AfD is not involved in the budget negotiations.