After the historically poor election result of the Union, the criticism is not diminishing. Serious allegations are now also coming from within our own ranks: from the Junge Union.
Berlin – A few weeks after the federal election in 2021, the Union continues to struggle with the consequences of the historically poor results of the CDU and CSU. While the SPD, Greens and FDP are in exploratory talks, the Union only has the role of observer. In all likelihood, the battered People’s Party will have to realign itself in the opposition in the coming legislative period. Criticism of the strategy of the CDU and CSU came from many directions. But hardly anyone reveals the state of the parties as much as the criticism that is now being heard from their own youth organization.
Junge Union settles after election failure with Union – “lost from own weakness”
In a ten-page paper by the Junge Union (JU), which analyzes the past election campaign and is to be presented to the organization on Friday at the organization’s Germany Day, the JU federal executive board is tough on the union. “We lost out of our own weakness, not because of the strength of others,” was the devastating verdict on the Union’s election result. Bild.de the analysis paper was already available on Thursday.
From the point of view of the JU, not everything was bad about the CDU / CSU election campaign. With a view to the election program, the youth organization strikes a positive note and speaks of the “best election program for 16 years”. In the opinion of the JU, however, the Union could not stand out through content because it was “neither well nor courageously communicated”.
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“We have not even reached the next step of linking this content with our staff. Stock photos and lively slogans on posters that do not reveal a clear message must be a thing of the past, ”are the other demands made in the paper.
This is also due to the fact that the party started the proactive election campaign too late and did not know how to shine with its own content. The sometimes “most serious mistake” was to commit to a candidate for chancellor far too late. “Only a campaign of fear against red-red-green prevented worse things from happening, while our own issues never shaped the debate in the election campaign,” was the conclusion of the election campaign.
Central mistake Chancellor candidate: JU hands out with clear words against Laschet and Söder
However, the JU classifies the question of the chancellor within the Union parties as a central tactical mistake. Above all, she goes to court with CDU boss Armin Laschet. “As a candidate, Armin Laschet was unable to reach people in the way many hoped. Unlike Angela Merkel, he did not win new groups of voters to the Union’s core clientele, but on the contrary was a reason for many voters – contrary to, even longstanding, habits – not to vote for the Union. This picture stands out for everyone who was active at the information booth, ”it continues in the JU election analysis.
And CSU boss Markus Söder is also held responsible for the election failure, even if he is not mentioned by name. The JU speaks of an “open or covert dismantling from the leadership circles of the candidate – especially from Munich.” According to the Junge Union, this has made it impossible for Armin Laschet to “develop a positive image”.
Junge Union calls for greater involvement of the grassroots in personnel decisions
With a view to the future, the Junge Union therefore advocates greater involvement of the party base, especially when it comes to personnel decisions. “In the third groundbreaking personnel decision of the CDU in a row, the base was not included despite clear preferences,” the JU analyzes the choice of Laschet as candidate for chancellor of the Union. That has to change in the future. (fd)