BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Health Minister Jens Spahn comes from the perspective of the head of the Junge Union, Tilman Kuban, as the successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel. When asked whether Spahn had the format for a candidate for chancellor, Kuban told the editorial network Germany (Tuesday): “According to surveys, Jens Spahn is the most popular politician in Germany. And he is the most successful federal minister. It is clear that you can also be Angela Merkel’s successor is possible. ”
Spahn stands for the generation change and will play an essential role for Germany in the future. “The CDU and CSU will decide together what exactly that will be in the 2021 federal election campaign.”
When asked whether it was conceivable that the CDU would make another CDU politician candidate for chancellor than the new party chairman, Kuban replied: “We live in special times and I want to get out of old thought patterns. For me it is clear that we will the most promising candidate should start the race. We’ll decide at the end of March. Then we’ll see who has the best chances. ” It is “not an insignificant indication” who is the most popular CDU politician in surveys.
The Junge Union had spoken out in favor of the candidate Friedrich Merz in a member survey. “I will vote for him on Saturday, also because he has the most convincing and most modern program,” said Kuban.
At the online party conference on January 15 and 16, in addition to Merz, North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet and foreign policy specialist Norbert Röttgen are applying to succeed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. A runoff and a close result are expected.
Laschet reiterated his ambitions for a candidate for chancellor. “I do not think that many delegates would like to have a chairman who does not claim to be the chancellor for the CDU,” he told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. He added: “A Prime Minister who successfully rules a country of 18 million can also be Federal Chancellor.” At the same time he campaigned for this question to be “openly discussed at the right time with CSU boss Markus Söder”. The question of a candidate for chancellor of his team colleague Spahn does not arise./toz/DP/he