The CDU member of the Bundestag and former Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz has spoken out in favor of a comprehensive reorganization of the CDU presidium.
Berlin – “I see the urgent need to fill the presidium to a considerable extent with new members,” said Merz of “Welt am Sonntag” when asked whether Baden-Württemberg’s CDU boss Thomas Strobl, agriculture minister Julia Klöckner and Hessens Prime Minister Volker Bouffier should run again.
“The CDU has to reposition itself, which includes not only the chairman and the general secretary, but also all other positions,” said Merz. “From my point of view, it would be very important that the East should also be among the deputy party leaders,” he added. All five deputies, including Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn and Member of the Bundestag Silvia Breher, have so far been West Germans.
He kept it open whether Merz himself wants to run for the presidium or the chairman’s post. But he refused a dual leadership. “Double peaks are always very complicated in politics,” he told the “WamS”. He therefore thinks this is “not a good idea”, also with a view to the party leadership. The CDU had no experience with this, and the experiences of other parties were not really convincing either. “We should stay with a chairman of the party,” said Merz.
In general, Merz urged to hurry. “The CDU should be set up again by the end of 2021 and be able to act,” he said. He is assuming that the “traffic lights” will be in office by Christmas. “Then we have to have done our homework by then.”
Merz, who had already run for office twice without success, rejected a lengthy presentation of the candidates for the CDU chairmanship. “The possible candidates are all sufficiently well known, we no longer need to let a caravan of several weeks pass through Germany. That is why the process can go quickly, including membership participation,” he said. Digital voting is also conceivable.
As a consequence of the electoral defeat in the federal election at the end of September, the CDU intends to redefine its leadership by the beginning of next year. A special party conference is to re-elect the entire management team, including the federal executive board and the presidium. Several politicians have needed a position to succeed CDU leader Armin Laschet, who had signaled his willingness to withdraw after the election defeat, including the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen in addition to Spahn and Merz.
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