Laschet, Merz and Röttgen argue about the CDU chairmanship. But the audience seems to be indifferent. A new survey gives impetus to a mind game.
- On Saturday (October 17th) the struggle for the leadership of the CDU officially began – with a “triell” between Laschet, Merz and Röttgen.
- But a recently conducted survey leaves all three candidates in the rain. Instead, two other politicians are in focus.
- There is also a dispute over the CDU party congress in December. How Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s successor will be chosen seems open again.
Berlin – The three of them met on Saturday CDU chancellor candidate posed a direct “triell” for the first time. Who the Christian Democratic base found most convincing is still open – but one that was published over the weekend survey provides new knowledge about the starting position. Ironically, it gives a special model that was debated in summer. And is to be assessed as the next small punishment for the three candidates …
Merz, Laschet, Röttgen – the survey provides completely different favorites for the CDU chairmanship
So would have Health Minister Jens Spahn According to the survey, the citizens have good cards as CDU chairman, but less good as a candidate for chancellor of the Union. In the survey of the Kantar Institute for the Funke media group 22 percent said they were most likely to trust Spahn to become a good CDU leader.
However, the 40-year-old does not even apply for the party chairmanship, but instead joins the party Team with NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet * on – if Laschet wins, Spahn will become deputy party leader. For the “real” opponents, it looks a lot darker, although Spahn has recently come under fire.
Chancellor question: Merz and Co. still well behind Söder – is the “Crown Prince” model coming?
19 percent trusted in the survey Ex-Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz * Most likely to be a good CDU chairman, 17 percent said Lash and 8 percent den Foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. * According to the previous plans, the successor to party chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to be elected on December 4th at the CDU federal party conference in Stuttgart, which has been shortened to one day due to the corona crisis.
It looks similarly bad for Laschet, Merz and Röttgen on the question of which Union politician is trusted to become a good Federal Chancellor. Here lies in the Kantar poll CSU boss Markus Söder with 34 percent ahead, although the Bavarian Prime Minister repeatedly emphasizes that his place is in Bavaria. Merz only got 12 percent, Spahn 8, Laschet 7 and Röttgen 5 percent. The SPD acknowledged the situation with ridicule.
The competition between Messrs. Laschet, Merz and Röttgen shows again and again that most of the Union would like Spahn as party leader and Söder as candidate for chancellor.
And then Merkel is also there + Kramp-Karrenbauer acting chairwoman 😗
– Ralf Stegner (@Ralf_Stegner) October 18, 2020
Even in the face of such polls, had a summer other suggestion made the rounds: Spahn could become party leader and Söder could leave the chancellorship, was speculated at the time. An idea that would be in line with current survey results. However, both Spahn and Söder would have to leave their previous plans for this constellation. Some companions do not rule this out for Söder.
CDU is looking for the party leader: Presidium rebels against previous plans – “politically not to mediate”
Another problem could be for the CDU Party congress where the new boss is to be chosen. Within the party, given the high number of corona infections, there are doubts about the presence format for the federal party conference in December. “Politically, it cannot be conveyed that we are meeting for a party congress while the rest of the country has to stay at home,” he quotes Handelsblatt one Member of the party presidium.
According to information from dpa give it to him CDU board Voices, the one parallel choice at ten or more locations in Germany think possible, while the party leadership could meet the candidates in one place. The application speeches would then have to be sent by video conference can be seen live at the other locations. At the same time, there are concerns as to whether such a procedure can be legally secure.
CDU party congress to choose new boss – digitally or in the stadium?
According to information from Handelsblatt from the Presidium and Board of Directors, it is currently considered a realistic variant, To hold party conference digitally and to determine the new party chairman and board by postal vote. Röttgen last had in an interview with the portal web.de about a meeting in one Stadion mused.
In the planning for the Party congress in Stuttgart was last recorded. By the end of the month, the party leadership wants to decide whether, when, where and how the election of a new chairman can be organized. The CDU party congress consists of 1001 delegates. (dpa / fn) *Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.