Mario Vogt, deputy chairman of the CDU in Thuringia, spoke a big word on Friday evening at just before ten in the hall of the state parliament in Erfurt. A “historical compromise” had just been agreed in the F125 meeting room. The 43-year-old political scientist should know which historical echo he triggers. The “historical compromise” used to describe the parliamentary cooperation between Italian communists and Christian Democrats in the early 1970s. The “compromesso storico” is now at home in the middle of Germany.
For seven hours, leftists, social democrats, Greens and representatives of the Union had discussed in the Erfurt state parliament how the Thuringian state crisis could be remedied. The country has had a prime minister since February 5, who resigned shortly thereafter and can hardly be seen publicly.
Government affairs are run by civil servants, not ministers. Thomas Kemmerich, the FDP man hoisted into the state chancellery with the votes of the AfD, has never appointed a cabinet.