Chancellor candidate Laschet emerged victorious from the Union power struggle. But not all CDU / CSU supporters are enthusiastic yet. The news ticker.
- Armin Laschet is the Union’s candidate for chancellor. But the mood in the party base is depressed (see first report).
- A political expert accuses the Union of “blatant leadership failure” and predicts an election debacle (see update from April 21, 12.43 p.m.).
- On Wednesday CSU boss Söder stood behind Laschet again (see update from April 21, 4:13 p.m.).
- The news ticker is continuously updated.
Update from April 21, 4:13 p.m .: After the decision in favor of Armin Laschet as the Union’s candidate for chancellor, CSU boss Markus Söder has again stood behind the CDU chairman. In a CSU parliamentary group meeting in the state parliament on Wednesday, according to the participants, he assured Laschet of full support in the federal election campaign. Söder spoke very conciliatory, it was said. The CSU chairman said that he was very at peace with himself. After his speech, Söder received exceptionally long applause from the MPs, reports the dpa.
Söder said the election result in Bavaria will now look different than if he had become a candidate. On the other hand, the CDU result in North Rhine-Westphalia will be better – that will balance out overall. State parliamentary group leader Thomas Kreuzer emphasized, according to participants, that it was correct that Söder had made an offer. “Many people in Germany wanted that.” Kreuzer emphasized that the CSU had deliberately refrained from supporting Söder by putting others down. He does not want to comment on what the CDU has done. According to participants, Bavaria’s Finance Minister Albert Füracker said that many people were of the opinion that one should take the best. Especially those who still had their political future ahead of them were in favor of Söder.
Armin Laschet as Chancellor candidate: Not very popular in the East – “Decision against the CDU base”
Update from April 21, 2:21 p.m .: Armin Laschet still doesn’t seem to be getting off well in the east of Germany. Thuringia’s CDU state chief Christian Hirte has rated the controversial decision of the CDU top as a “decision against the CDU base”, says Hirte on Tuesday German press agency in Erfurt. He now assumes that Söder will support Laschet in the federal election campaign. “We are now well advised to gather behind Armin Laschet and concentrate on the content,” said Hirte. The state elections in Thuringia take place on the same day as the federal election. However, Hirte does not expect a big tailwind for the Thuringian state elections.
In the power struggle between Söder and Laschet, Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) was the first to express his preference for Söder. At the special meeting of the CDU executive committee, however, there was a conflicting discussion between two East German CDU politicians about the mood in their countries, including Haseloff. According to information from participants, Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister pointed to a large amount of support from the party base for CSU leader Söder in the east. He perceives a preference for this there, said Haseloff, who is said to have not personally voted for Söder. The parliamentary group leader of the CDU in Brandenburg, Jan Redmann, then clearly campaigned for CDU leader Armin Laschet as candidate for chancellor, reports the dpa.
Bundestag election in September: Political expert predicts an election debacle for the Union
Update from April 21, 12.43 p.m .: The party researcher and author Albrecht von Lucke is critical of von Laschet’s candidacy for chancellor. It is a “huge mortgage for the Union”, said von Lucke to the New Osnabrück Newspaper. He expects the Union to perform significantly worse than in the 2017 federal elections. “Due to a blatant failure of leadership, the CDU and CSU are foregoing the significantly better candidate Markus Söder, who has much stronger support than Armin Laschet among the entire population. As early as the state elections in Saxony-Anhalt on June 6th, the CDU would “have to pay for it with dramatic losses”.
The decision to select Laschet as candidate for chancellor could also help the AfD to a high. The CDU in the East feared “quite rightly that with Laschet and his lax style, his lack of charisma and authority, it will lose a considerable share of the vote to the right-wing populists,” said Albrecht von Lucke New Osnabrück Newspaper. That will bring the AfD back on the offensive nationwide.
Armin Laschet as Chancellor candidate: A lot of criticism, but also congratulations from the party
Update from April 21, 12:31 p.m .: There are many different reactions from the Union to Armin Laschet’s victory. There is encouragement from Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others. “Congratulations, dear Armin Laschet, on your new job as the Union’s candidate for chancellor,” said Merkel in a statement that her spokesman Steffen Seibert published on Twitter on Tuesday. But not everyone in the party is happy with the election. There is a lot of criticism, especially from the CSU. “I’m disappointed because I think Markus Söder is the better candidate,” said CSU City Councilor Kilian Sendner to the Bavarian Broadcasting. “I cannot understand the arrogance and irresponsibility of the CDU leadership,” Sendner continued. According to the CSU city council, Söder was far ahead of Laschet in surveys. Sendner fears that in the upcoming election campaign it will be more difficult to mobilize members at the grassroots level.
In Thuringia, criticism of Laschet’s candidacy also comes from other parties. The left country chief Steffen Dittes said for example MDR Thuringia, the CDU drama about the candidacy for chancellor did not do the political establishment any good. With Laschet it is also not clear which politics he stands for. SPD country chief Georg Maier described the CDU process to clarify the chancellor’s question as a catastrophe. It is good that the dispute between Laschet and Söder is over. In Maier’s view, however, the Union remains divided. The party is all about power. Armin Laschet has not yet heard of any program or ideas for the country, he reports MDR.
Chancellor candidate Laschet: In WhatsApp groups, fear should already bypass – “I’m stunned”
First report from April 21st, 11.47 a.m .: Berlin – It’s decided. Armin Laschet is the Union’s candidate for chancellor *. The CDU executive board has deliberately ignored the mood of the party base. A majority of the state and district associations would have preferred Markus Söder as a candidate for chancellor. In surveys among the population, the CSU boss Markus Söder was well ahead of his opponent Armin Laschet. Nevertheless, in the end, the decision was made for Armin Laschet *, who was recently elected CDU leader. He is said to have made it clear on Monday that the CDU would not support a candidate for Chancellor Markus Söder.
Söder asked on Monday whether the CDU * would support him if the election fell on him. Armin Laschet * is said to have answered with a clear “no”, reports the picture. Laschet is said to have said that the CDU cannot, should and will not let the candidate for chancellor be taken out of its hands, pointing out the difficult situation of his party. The present CSU delegation, which consisted of CSU chief Markus Söder, Markus Blume and CSU regional group chief Alexander Dobrindt, were able to follow the arguments of the CDU chief picture-I don’t understand the information. Surely Laschet could not seriously argue with the weakness of his party in order to gain access to the candidacy for chancellor? However, this question remained unanswered and in the end Markus Söder gave up.
Armin Laschet as Chancellor candidate: Is the division of the Union only just beginning now?
“In my opinion, that will cost the party dearly,” said political scientist Albrecht von Lucke on Tuesday ZDF today Journal. He thought the decision of the CDU leadership to push Armin Laschet through, even though the party base was against it, was a mistake. Now Armin Laschet has to reunite the Union after the power struggle. But is it that simple? The politicians from within their own ranks are very worried and would have simply wished for another candidate.
A representative from northern Germany has opposite Focus Online reports that fear is now going around in her WhatsApp groups. “Many are already seeing the black for their Bundestag mandate after the upcoming election,” she continues. It looks similar in the CDU in Saxony. “I am stunned how the federal executive board could decide against the interests of the party base”, the member of a district association is said to have said and at the same time asked to be allowed to remain anonymous. After all, the situation is “very heated at the moment”. A somewhat more positive statement comes from Schleswig-Holstein, here too the majority of the base spoke up for Markus Söder. “I do not want to deny that many members would have wished for a different candidate for chancellor, but we have a representative democracy and that counts in the end,” says the parliamentary manager of the CDU state parliamentary group in Schleswig-Holstein, Hans-Jörn Arp, across from Focus Online.
Union crashes in Forsa poll – the Greens are now the strongest force
After the decision of the candidates for chancellor by the Greens and the Union, a new survey shows a clear picture. With Annalena Baerbock and Armin Laschet as candidates for chancellor, the Union’s Forsa polls have collapsed – the Greens, on the other hand, have seen a big plus. According to the so-called RTL / ntv– Trend barometer from the market and opinion institute Forsa, the political mood is changing in favor of the Greens. After the Union had chosen Armin Laschet as the top candidate on Tuesday, the Union fell by seven percentage points compared to the previous week (from 28 to 21 percent).
The decision to send Annalena Baerbock into the race for the Greens *, on the other hand, spurred the polls of her party. Compared to April 13, the Greens have gained five percentage points and with 28 percent they have now overtaken the Union and are in first place in the polls. The SPD * loses two percentage points and comes to 13 percent. The FDP * wins two, the Left * and the smaller parties win one percentage point each. Only at the AfD * did the polls remain unchanged. However, the journalist Theo Koll says im ZDF-Journal today that the survey results must be kept in mind that they may be a snapshot. The survey was shaped by the perceptions of the last week, when there was a power struggle in the Union * and a peaceful decision by the Greens. Nevertheless, it is a signal and perhaps also a wake-up call to the Union. (dp) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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