More and more votes in the CDU are calling for Armin Laschet’s resignation after the lost federal election in 2021. Now Jens Spahn is also heavily criticized.
- the Bundestag election 2021* is over: The preliminary talks on explorations are now starting.
- The pressure from circles of the CDU* on Armin Laschet* grows after the defeat of the Union. Numerous prominent party representatives are already openly calling for his resignation.
- But also from the CSU* and there are critical voices in the East.
Update from October 3rd, 2021, 12.20 p.m.: In the CDU, after the election debacle, there is more and more open discussion about a new structure in terms of content and personnel, and the pressure on party leader Laschet is increasing. “There must be a federal party congress for this, no later than January,” said party vice-president Jens Spahn*. Several CDU politicians called for a member vote on a new line-up if the Jamaica explorations should fail.
CDU: Armin Laschet attacked from within his own ranks – “The top candidate did not draw properly”
+++ 8.20 p.m .: The criticism of Armin Laschet continues. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn spoke up again. Nobody can deny that mistakes were made in the election campaign and that our top candidate did not draw properly. That alone cost a lot of percent, ”Spahn told Welt am Sonntag. And the next sentence also sounds like a targeted swipe at Laschet when Spahn emphasizes that regardless of the outcome of the explorations, it is clear: “Now it’s about the line-up for the future, just going on like this is not an option.”
CDU: Armin Laschet under pressure from his own ranks – one last chance remains
+++ 3:14 p.m .: Most of the voices from Berlin are unanimous. Armin Laschet has only one chance to hold the CDU’s chief post after the debacle in the 2021 federal election: the exploratory talks with the FDP. Should a Jamaica coalition appear possible again after this, only then would the failed candidate for chancellor of the Union be able to hold out.
But the Jamaica coalition moved further into the distance on Saturday. At the party conference of the Greens, the party had clearly spoken out in favor of a traffic light coalition with the SPD and FDP. There was no longer any mention of Jamaica there.
Replacement of Armin Laschet at the CDU is already being planned
+++ 12.35 p.m .: The replacement of Armin Laschet at the head of the CDU could be imminent. At least that is what a report in the online edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) suggests. Accordingly, the opponents of the Union candidate for chancellor are already preparing to be voted out of office. A membership vote is already being planned if Laschet’s efforts to establish a Jamaica coalition fail.
The critics of Laschet therefore gather around Carsten Linnemann and Christian von Stetten. The 44-year-old Linnemann and the 51-year-old von Stetten are members of the CDU parliamentary group and belong to the economic wing of the Union within the Union. According to the FAZ, both should vote for the assumption of the party chairmanship Friedrich Merz* insert. Merz had recently been critical of Armin Laschet, but has not yet asked for his resignation.
CDU in crisis: Röttgen calls for Laschet to resign
Update from Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, 7.15 a.m .: CDU presidium member Norbert Röttgen calls for personnel consequences and a fresh start after Armin Laschet’s defeat. This process must take place, regardless of whether the Union will be involved in the government or go into the opposition, said Röttgen in an interview with Tagesspiegel.
“When that is clear, we also have to talk about a new staffing.” One must now honestly say what everyone knows anyway: “The lack of acceptance of the candidate was the main topic of conversation in the election campaign. Armin Laschet knows that too. ”With a view to the CDU chairman, Röttgen emphasized that it was not enough to“ just change one person ”.
Pressure on Armin Laschet: According to reports, Friedrich Merz wants to run for CDU chairmanship
+++ 17.55 p.m .: According to information from the Bild newspaper, Friedrich Merz wants to apply again for the CDU chairmanship. After two failed attempts, the last time he lost to Armin Laschet in January 2021, Merz probably wants to run for the party chairmanship a third time.
Merz condition for a possible new application for the CDU chairmanship: The election must be a member survey or an election by the CDU base. Under no circumstances should another party congress vote against the members. A renewed candidacy at a CDU party congress certainly excludes Merz. He had “twice applied as party chairman in order to re-orient the party strategically in terms of content and strategy,” but failed. There will be no new application of this kind, said Merz of the Funke media group.
The vice-chairman of the Union parliamentary group Carsten Linnemann and the Hamburg CDU boss Christoph Ploß had already spoken out in favor of a so-called primary election in personnel matters.
In the Union, many assume that Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet will step down as CDU leader if a Jamaica coalition with the FDP and the Greens does not come about.
Update from Friday, October 1st, 2021, 9.30 a.m .: First came the crash, now billing is approaching. After the CDU election debacle in East Germany, several district associations openly take a stand against party leader Armin Laschet. From the point of view of many people, the Rhinelander was the wrong candidate, wrote the CDU district executive Altenburger Land in Thuringia to the Berlin party headquarters. The option to participate in the next federal government must remain. “However, that cannot happen with Armin Laschet.”
The Union had it particularly badly in the federal election on Sunday (26.09.2021) in the east. Nationwide, the CDU / CSU fell by 8.8 points to 24.1 percent compared to 2017 – in eastern Germany it was 10.3 points minus and at the end only 17.1 percent. There, however, the SPD made significant gains. The CDU shock seems particularly big in Thuringia and Saxony, where the AfD came first. In Saxony, the right-wing populists of the Union chased 13 direct mandates.
CDU in the East on the 2021 federal election: “Errors in content and also in the personnel list”
“I think that this result is a real disaster for the Union in Germany,” said the visibly shaken Saxon state chief Michael Kretschmer on Monday (27.09.2021) and spoke of “mistakes in terms of content and also in the personnel line-up”. In the meantime, more and more politicians in the East German CDU are openly naming names.
“The Laschet persona was like lead on our election campaign,” said the new head of the Saxon CDU member of the Bundestag, Carsten Körber, of the MDR. And the Thuringian parliamentary group leader Mario Voigt at Bild: “Seriously, nobody will doubt that the top candidate has not been a draft horse in the east.”
After the federal election in 2021: Resignation calls for Armin Laschet are loud
First report from Thursday, 09/30/2021, 9:05 p.m .: Berlin – After the federal election in 2021, in which the CDU and CSU union achieved the worst result in its history, Chancellor candidate and party leader Armin Laschet is coming under increasing pressure. The previous member of the Bundestag Christoph Bernstiel demands that Markus Söder take part in the negotiations FDP* and Greens* leads through a possible coalition. The acceptance for Söder in the population is still much higher than that for Armin Laschet, said Bernstiel on Thursday (30.09.2021) of the dpa. Bernstiel blames Laschet for the bad performance of the Union: “It was an absolute choice of people, you definitely have to say that”.
After the federal election in 2021: demand for resignations to Armin Laschet are getting loud
Several district associations of the CDU in Thuringia are also calling for a personnel renewal at the top of the party. It is true that the CDU leaves the option of government participation open, but that cannot happen with Armin Laschet, according to an open letter from the Altenburger Land district association. The Schmalkalden Association had previously requested that Laschet and the entire board of directors should pave the way for a staff and content renewal.
The CDU members are renewing their calls for resignation. Already on Monday (September 27th, 2021), the Values Union had asked Armin Laschet and Markus Söder to resign. According to the union of the ultra-conservative members of the Union, extensive personnel changes are necessary in the Union.
Federal election 2021: Personnel renewals in the CDU required
Union faction vice in the Bundestag Carsten Linnemann is also of the opinion that his party is facing an existential question. There are umpteen examples in southern Europe where popular parties have marginalized, he said in the ARD* -Shipment Maischberger. However, the Union must enter into talks on a Jamaica coalition as one. When asked whether Laschet would still be his party leader if this alliance did not materialize, Linnemann said: “Then we will initiate a process. Then I would like to talk about content for at least four or eight weeks. If we talk about heads straight away, it will be difficult. ”At the same time, as before in a“ Welt ”interview, Linnemann spoke out in favor of a membership decision in the election for the next party chairmanship.
Jens Spahn also called for consequences after the bad performance of the Union in the federal election in 2021. For the CDU, a renewal is needed in terms of program, structure and personnel. Nevertheless, Spahn is relying on coalition negotiations. “Opposition just out of frustration, that can’t be the answer now. We also have a responsibility for Germany, ”said Spahn on Deutschlandfunk.
Federal election 2021: CDU and CSU negotiate with FDP
The talks between the CDU, CSU and FDP will take place on Sunday evening (October 3rd, 2021) at 6 p.m. Talks with the Greens are planned for the coming week, according to Union circles. For the CSU, party leader Markus Söder, general secretary Markus Blume, party vice Dorothee Bär, CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt and the parliamentary manager of the regional group, Stefan Müller, take part in the talks. The participants of the CDU have not yet been determined according to AFP information. (Max Schäfer with DPA / AFP) * fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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