D.he outgoing CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has accused the applicants for their successor of having damaged the party with a destructive competition. “During this discussion, the party sensed that this fair race had turned into a ruinous competition. And this ruinous competition first and foremost falls back on the candidates themselves, but also on the CDU, ”she told the“ Augsburger Allgemeine ”on Saturday. “That’s why I always warned against it.”
Applicants are North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet, the economic politician Friedrich Merz and the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. In the struggle to postpone the upcoming party congress, Merz in particular had fought an open dispute with Laschet, with some personal attacks. Kramp-Karrenbauer called on all three again to put themselves in the service of the party even if they were defeated. “That is the clear expectation of the members. We are already in the election year in January, ”she said.
Kramp-Karrenbauer also warned against a backward-looking election campaign: “The CDU has developed very strongly in recent years and decades. It is a different party today than it was 10 or 20 years ago, also because we have a different society today. ”It must“ provide answers to the questions from 2021 and not to those from the 80s ”.