The CDU’s polls collapse: Angela Merkel (CDU) is now appearing in the election campaign. What does Armin Laschet say about it?
Berlin – As recently as June, the Chancellor asserted that she wanted to stay out of the election campaign. While Armin Laschet (CDU) apparently assumed that Angela Merkel (CDU) would support him, the Chancellor had kept a low profile. Even more: In a TV interview, Merkel had even stated that the CDU did not have a subscription to the chancellorship – which did not sound like protection for the CDU candidate Laschet.
But now comes a surprising message from Berlin: Angela Merkel will probably appear in the election campaign after all. An appointment is planned for August 21, according to information from dpa. It is unclear whether she will perform together with Laschet or alone.
Previously, a report was the Süddeutsche Zeitung According to it, it was only planned that the Chancellor should have appeared at the opening and closing events of her party.
Angela Merkel (CDU) jumps in Armin Laschet (CDU) – the timing of her decision is striking
Merkel’s change of heart comes in a week in which several surveys have cemented the CDU’s descent. In one of the surveys, the CDU had fallen to 23 percent, the SPD rose to 19 percent. And the Greens were at 20 percent. Other surveys varied slightly, but ended the period of the clear CDU lead.
If it were a matter of personal popularity and not party affiliation, even Olaf Scholz (SPD) would currently have the best chances for the Chancellery. So things are not going well for Laschet. Even within the party, Laschet is said to have been asked to change the election campaign strategy – but to no avail. Laschet refused.
Armin Laschet’s election campaign is faltering – Baerbock and Scholz sense chances for the Chancellery
At the start of his campaign tour through Germany, Laschet appeared in a boxing club for young people – where, according to observers, he wanted to show himself ready to fight despite falling values:
Especially during the flood crisis in his home state, Armin Laschet was not able to score, but attracted attention with clumsy statements – and lacked decisiveness in the fight against climate change. This is one of the reasons why the opponent Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and opponent Olaf Scholz (SPD) once again see opportunities for the Chancellery. However, Olaf Scholz had to take scolding from the Greens for his climate policy timetable. (kat)
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