D.he new CDU chairman Armin Laschet is, from the point of view of his deputy, Jens Spahn, the Union’s natural candidate for chancellor. “Armin Laschet leads our CDU and he is the natural candidate for chancellor,” said the health minister of “Bild am Sonntag”. The official freestyle of the joint chancellor candidate of the CDU and CSU should only take place after the state elections in March.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Laschet prevailed on Saturday last week against his competitors, ex-parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz and foreign policy-maker Norbert Röttgen, in the struggle for the CDU chairmanship. Spahn was elected one of his deputies.
Markus Söder also has opportunities
Traditionally, the CDU chairman in the Union is granted access to the candidacy for chancellor. The sister party CSU has a say in this. CSU boss Markus Söder has also been traded as a potential candidate for the federal election in September for months.
Spahn had also been said to have ambitions to run for chancellor in the past. In the “BamS”, Spahn referred to his role as health minister in the corona pandemic. In 2018 he ran for the CDU chairmanship. “I was ready to take responsibility with everything that follows. Today I am concentrating on overcoming the greatest health crisis in the history of the Federal Republic. “