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“He would be the most promising candidate”

The chancellor question in the Union is far from being answered. Now Söder and Merz intervene again.

Update from July 6th, 10:05 pm: It’s only on the weekend Debate on the Union’s candidate for chancellor really inflamed – she had also started Markus Söder. On Monday, however, the CSU boss tried to smooth the waves (see below). And also CDU boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Her party friends warned behind the scenes of the discipline: At a meeting of the federal executive board, she appealed not to hold personal debates over the summer like that mirror of participants in the round wants to have experienced.

That it can succeed – it seems questionable. The question may be too big, the field of candidates too ambitious and the outcome too open. An expert is now even expecting a possible new alliance: the previously beaten candidate Norbert Röttgen about could now benefit from an alliance with Söder, said Political scientist Jürgen Falter of the image.

In fact, Röttgen seemed to position itself gently in this direction recently. He had the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said that the new CDU leader does not have to be a candidate for chancellor. “If a CSU candidate won, we would have managed to bring a Union politician back to the Chancellery after 16 years of CDU chancellorship.” The competitors for the CDU chairmanship, Friedrich Merz and Armin Laschet, would probably not be available for a constellation – however, apparently many voters of the Christian Democrats seem to prefer Söder as candidate for Chancellor.

Falter also gave Söder the best chance in the conversation. He had succeeded “as the Bavarian Prime Minister in the role of a statesman who knows what he wants – and who also enforces it – convincingly,” said the political scientist. “According to the current poll, he would actually be the most promising candidate for chancellor among the Union parties.”

However, one of the people who has long been a role model for Söder in coping with the pandemic is currently proving that high-altitude flights in the corona crisis can quickly disappear again: Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP).

Update from July 6th, 10:26 am: The discussion of a suitable one Union candidate for chancellor took over on Monday morning through a press conference called at short notice Markus Söder (CSU) up again. At the appointment, Söder was asked once again whether he had ambitions for the chancellery. “It is not the time to talk about candidacies, priority is given to the good of everyone and not the careers of individuals. My place is – as you can see – just in Bavaria. ”

The word “straight” made the journalist follow up. Söder may be keeping a back door open and planning to look into the future Berlin To make politics? The journalist explicitly asks: “Are you ruling out a candidacy?” Söder then rowed straight back. “My place is always in Bavaria, not just straight,” he emphasized.

Then followed a surprising praise to his colleagues, NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU). “I also think that Armin Laschet has made this very stable in NRW,” said Söder, referring to that Corona crisis management. He further emphasized that a debate on the K issue is currently of no use. That will be decided after the summer, Söder announced. At the press conference, Federal Chancellor also received praise from Laschet Angela Merkel. The good survey results of the Union are mainly due to the Chancellor, said Söder. You, but also all of Germany, would have been in the Corona crisis proven.

By the way: Söder also commented on the discussion about a possible abolition of the mask requirement in retail on Monday. His opinion agrees with that of the Chancellor.

Update from July 5, 2020, 7 p.m .: The summer slump could be filled in the Corona year 2020 with the search for the suitable Union chancellor candidate. To CSU boss Markus Söder and Friedrich Merz (CDU; see below) has now joined NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) the third possible contender had his say on the first weekend in July. The CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also interfered – with a sentence that sounded suspiciously like a swipe at Söder and the CSU.

Laschet said in the Passauer Neue Press with regard to his own political biography, it is “certainly an advantage to have won an election and to have experience in governing a country with 18 million inhabitants”. To a possible one black-green alliance after the election Laschet said: “Coalitions are discussed after the election.”

At the same time, Laschet again criticized his Corona crisis management and the easing in NRW. “It is the duty of politics to weigh up and take a broad perspective.” Söder had previously referred to successes in the corona pandemic as an important aptitude test – Bavaria’s prime minister is one of the political winners of the pandemic.

Kramp cart builder showed up in ARD summer interview is convinced that the candidates for their successor in the party presidency will also fundamentally strive for the Union’s chancellor candidacy in the 2021 federal election. It was “perfectly clear” that each candidate for the chair “of course also had an eye on the possible candidate for Chancellor”.

It would then be up to the new CDU chairman, about the Chancellor candidate question to talk to the CSU. On Söder’s statement, Kramp-Karrenbauer said: “Crisis management is part of it.” The same also applies to the ability “to maintain one’s own course even in difficult times and, for example, not to give in to the temptation of populism”.

The CDU chairwoman answered no to the question of whether she was looking at Munich with these statements. The CSU was an approximation of the agenda of the, in particular before the 2018 state election in Bavaria AfD been accused. Söder had the term “Asylum tourism“used, but later referred to as a mistake. In the end, the CSU distanced itself significantly and repeatedly from this phase of party history.

In the interview, Kramp-Karrenbauer also commented on the debate about right-wing extremism in the Bundeswehr.

Update from July 5, 2020, 11:40 a.m .: Bavaria Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) turns into the debate about the KUnion candidate candidate a. Of the CSU chief can obviously only imagine a candidate for chancellor of the Union who has previously proven itself in the Corona crisis. “Only those who master crises, who can do the duty, can shine in the freestyle,” said Söder Tagesspiegel on Sunday.

“If we failed now in this corona crisis, we would have no moral leadership,” he emphasized. In surveys, Bayer is the favorite for the Union chancellor’s candidacy and sticks to it Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet (CDU) out. Söder did not categorically rule out her own candidacy, but confirmed in the interview: “My place is in Bavaria. But I want to be Prime Minister and CSU party chairman make my contribution that we are successful in Germany. “

The CDU wants to decide at a party conference in December whether Laschet, Friedrich Merz or Norbert Röttgen should lead the CDU in the future. Söder emphasized in the Daily mirror, the CDU decides “who it chooses to head. But one thing is clear: you cannot become a candidate for chancellor without the CSU ”.

Friedrich Merz, one of the contenders for the CDU chair, meanwhile has a candidacy for CSU boss Markus Söder described as unlikely. “He said several times that his place is in Bavaria, where he is doing a great job, especially in the Corona crisis,” said Merz der Augsburg General about the Bavarian Prime Minister.

Merz referred to the earlier – unsuccessful – candidates for chancellor CSU politicians: “Historically, it has been the case so far that the CSU put the candidate for chancellor together when the CDU was dissatisfied with its own leadership,” he said. “It was like that in 1980, it was like that in 2002, and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be like that in 2021,” emphasized Merz.

When asked if he could imagine himself as a new one CDU chief Söder to give priority to the candidate for chancellor replied Merz in the newspaper interview: “I basically don’t deal with such ‘what-if’ questions.” He assumes that only after the election of the new CDU leader in December will the chairmen of the two Union parties “get together and unite make a joint proposal ”.

Merz admitted that his campaign for his election to CDU chief I am suffering from the consequences of the pandemic: “I am currently doing a lot of video conferences, one of which already has more than 2000 participants, but of course that cannot completely replace personal encounters,” said the CDU politician. “So I’m not completely cut off from the party and the people of the country, but I’m really looking forward to a little more normality.”

First report from July 4, 2020:

Berlin – The question about the Party chairmanship the Union has still not resolved. CDU and CSU could not yet agree on a candidate. Armin Laschet*, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, is one of the potential successors. He wants with health minister Jens Spahn* appear as a deputy in the team.

In the Union, it is to be discussed behind the scenes whether there is another Role reversal could give – and Spahn instead of Laschets as CDU chief candidate. From Laschet’s point of view, nothing has changed in his candidacy for the CDU chairmanship.

The Prime Minister said the news portal t-online.de: “Jens Spahn and I have each other together a lot of thoughts made what the party needs, how to do it CDU can lead well and stick together. And we found a consensus to decide together as a team to go into this competition. That’s what happened nothing changed. “

The background to the speculations are declining popularity ratings laschets in the Corona pandemic* and its poor values ​​on the issue of Chancellor’s candidacy compared to the CSU boss and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder. Spahn had spread in one on Friday mirror-Interview about team solution with Laschet known. The economic politician is another candidate for the CDU chairmanship Friedrich Merz* and the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen*.

Also defended Laschet his actions in the Corona crisis. His Easing measures praise had also generated much criticism. Regarding the new outbreak of infection in a meat factory in the Gütersloh district *, he said: “Nobody seriously claims that this local infection events on Easing* is due. We don’t have the meat factories opened againIn the pandemic, they were open to food supplies for the population all over Germany! ”

Of the Corona outbreak at Tönnies could become a political burden for Armin Laschet. In a statement, the Prime Minister violently failed.

The time of cooperation between the @landnrw and # Tönnies is over, do #NRW-Minister President @ArminLaschet clear. It is now decided strictly according to regulatory rules. That affects both # Work contracts as well as the #Working conditions in the # Meat operation. pic.twitter.com/3QT2yJFu2g

In comparison to Armin Laschet, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, who excelled in the Corona crisis through strict measures and careful easing, did better in terms of popularity.

In the CSU the CDU’s request that party leader Markus Söder before the CDU party congress in December on the issue of their own Chancellor’s ambitions to explain. “The CDU must first clarify its leadership question. Then we talk about who leads the Union into the federal election, ”said the CSU member of the Bundestag Max Straubinger of the Passauer Neue Press. The prime minister himself had spoken of finally answering the question in January 2021. “Markus Söder doesn’t have to explain himself beforehand. The nervousness in the Merz warehouse is obviously big, ”said Straubinger.

The deputy leader of the Union faction, Carsten Linnemann, had intensified the pressure to express himself. In the news magazine Focus he had explained: “The decision for a new CDU party leader is inevitable with the question of Chancellor’s candidacy connected. ”Therefore, the CDU party delegates should know whether the CSU wants to set up its own candidate for chancellor or not. “Otherwise there is a risk of tensions that could harm the Union as a whole.”

Straubinger said it was about who for who union the best Election result can achieve. “If that’s a CSU man, then you can’t escape,” he argued. “The CDU would then have to offer the CSU candidate for chancellor. Then you can’t No say. “(lb with dpa) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.

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