Actually, the CDU wanted to “work up” the election slump, meanwhile new problems are piling up. The Laschet question remains open. The values union calls for nine resignations – plus Söder.
Berlin / Erfurt – Even after expressing its will to “reorganize”, the CDU is not getting out of the chaos: Meanwhile, bitter internal party criticism is smoldering not only in view of the election debacle of September 26th – but also with a view to the state of the Christian Democrats after the federal election. Resignations are demanded again. A double blow, in some cases devastating, survey results from the federal states could further unsettle the alarmed party base.
Laschet’s CDU a “chicken pile”? Party vice rages – party leaders lurch around the question of the chancellor
Mike Mohring, a member of the CDU executive committee to be elected soon, chose tough words for what happened in his party. “What we saw in the last few weeks after the election was like a pile of chickens,” he said image. There was “no order” any more. The Thuringian spoke out in favor of “package solutions” in the personnel realignment. It is about the question of the party chairman, the general secretary and the group chairman. “I can only recommend my party to look at these packages as a whole in order to achieve pacification. Otherwise we will talk about the party chairmanship in January and talk about the parliamentary group chairmanship in March. ”Most recently, however, Ralph Brinkhaus was confirmed as Union parliamentary leader for six months.
For the time being, the CDU continues to talk primarily about the party leader. On the one hand, Armin Laschet himself announced a reorganization, on the other hand, the candidate for chancellor remains in position as negotiator for possible Jamaica explorations. An answer to the question of whether this could mean a chancellor or CDU leader Laschet to be re-elected was avoided by General Secretary Paul Ziemiak several times on Monday in the ARD “Tagesthemen”.
The CDU regional head of Baden-Württemberg, Thomas Strobl, tried to moderate the issue on Tuesday – but was apparently also unable to rule out a Chancellor Laschet. Laschet is the first point of contact for the Greens and the FDP – but one has to wait and see who leads any negotiations. It is also not automatically the case that Laschet would be the candidate for chancellor in the case of a coalition with the Greens and the FDP. “This is part of the announced withdrawal,” said Strobl in Stuttgart.
Union in turmoil: values union calls for nine CDU heads plus Söder – Strobl wants a new basic program
However, at least on the right wing of the CDU, there are also very firm demands for resignation. Nine board members – plus CSU boss Markus Söder – suggested the union of values on Tuesday to leave. The departures of ministers Peter Altmaier and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Julia Klöckners, among others, were “steps in the right direction,” said the unofficial Union group: “Now we have to include Markus Söder, Jens Spahn, Wolfgang Schäuble and Norbert Röttgen and Ralph Brinkhaus go. Karin Prien, Marco Wanderwitz, Serap Güler, Paul Ziemiak and Annette Widmann-Mauz should also go. You are all responsible for the fatal situation. ”The Values Union reprimanded a“ ingratiation to Red-Green ”.
Strobl – supported by Ziemiak – called for a more in-depth realignment of the content. “We must not stop at the personnel renewal, but also have to add content,” said Strobl Stuttgart news and Stuttgart newspaper. The voters no longer knew what the party stood for. The federal party congress “should therefore revive the initiated process for a new basic program.”
Ziemiak stood behind Strobl’s demand: “We should now continue to work on this process of a new basic program,” he told the news channel Welt. He did not give a time frame. The current CDU basic program dates back to 2007. Under the former party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a new program was tackled in 2018, but was no longer passed.
CDU debacle: women in the party are forming – “We have to become more”
However, there is also resentment among women in the CDU. You want to formulate your own positions in the realignment process. “For years we have had too few women in parliament and in the party. We have to become more, ”said the previous parliamentary deputy Nadine Schön of the party. The gender of the future chairman or chairmen is of secondary importance. It needs someone “who brings the party together and broadens it,” she said. Nonetheless, the party had female leaders for a long time. “That was good for the party.”
The chairwoman of the Women’s Union, Annette Widmann-Mauz, told the editorial network Germany: “The repositioning of the CDU in Germany can only succeed in terms of content, personnel and structure with the women in the party.” This will take place soon. All female members of the CDU belong to the Women’s Union. A photo of the parliamentary group chairmen’s conference of the Union, which has been widely discussed on the Internet, recently provided new material for the demands.
Surveys: Laschets NRW-CDU in massive low – the values are also falling in Baden-Württemberg
Current surveys from the federal states should provide new fuel for the shaken party. The situation in Laschet’s home country North Rhine-Westphalia is particularly striking. There the Institut Insa sees the Christian Democrats at 20 percent. In 2017 the party gained 33 percent. In May it was 25 percent. The SPD is once again the beneficiary. The opinion polls measured a hypothetical voter turnout of 33 percent – 13 percent more than in May and sufficient for a two-party alliance with the Greens or the FDP. The designated successor Hendrik Wüst could inherit a mess.
But even in the once deep black Baden-Württemberg, Insa estimates the CDU only at 20 percent in a Sunday question, a minus of four percent compared to the election in spring 2021. Here, however, the Greens of Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann lose even more – by more than eight percent. Both surveys were carried out on behalf of image carried out. (fn / AFP / dpa)