Friedrich Merz accuses the CSU boss of teasing Armin Laschet. At the same time, he announces a surprising change of heart on the part of the candidate for chancellor.
Berlin – Friedrich Merz (CDU) tackles CSU boss Markus Söder in the middle of the election campaign. The former Union parliamentary group leader accused the Bavarian Prime Minister of deliberately damaging the Union with his taunts against Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet. He expected “that Markus Söder will stop now and that he also wants to win the election together with us and that he will fight,” said Merz loudly Daily mirror from Tuesday at an event in Sundern in the Sauerland. “I told him that too,” added Merz.
Federal election 2021: Merz doubts that Söder wants the Union to win the election
Last Saturday (August 21), Söder gave a committed speech at the CDU / CSU’s official election campaign kick-off – and once again cultivated his image as a driving force. He received criticism for his tips against Laschet and for exceeding his speaking time. CDU members had previously told Bayern that he could not get over his role as number two in the battle for the candidacy for chancellor. Some even accuse him of sabotaging the Laschet election campaign.
In his speech, Söder was dissatisfied with the previous Union election campaign before the federal election on September 26 and called for more fighting spirit. He had held back with praise for Laschet, but in the margin addressed the widely criticized laughing photos of the chancellor candidate from the flood areas – but Söder assured him of his support.
Laschet apparently wants “no team”: Merz announces a surprising decision
Merz, who is already being acted as the future Federal Minister, was only “partially satisfied” with Söder’s appearance in Berlin at the weekend. Merz is convinced that the CSU politician “could have done without some remarks”.
In addition, Merz announced that the pressurized chancellor candidate Laschet would no longer present a team or shadow cabinet. “Armin Laschet has decided not to introduce a team,” Merz said Daily mirror. “There won’t be a team or a team around him. Rather, there will only be individual appearances with individual MPs, applicants and individual ministers or prime ministers on individual topics. “
During the election campaign it was repeatedly demanded – among others by Söder – that the Union must show fresh faces. The move could also come as a surprise, given the poor poll numbers for Laschet. Recently it was even speculated whether the CDU and CSU in some regions would deliberately refrain from advertising the candidate for chancellor on a large scale. Laschet now apparently does not want to share the limelight in the final spurt of the election campaign. Last week he had declared that he now wanted to “rely more on the team”.
Friedrich Merz with a demand on Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet
Merz demanded accordingly from Laschet that the Union must now “grow significantly”. Laschet is the captain. “And now he has to show how the strategy works, he has to show how the tactics work and, above all, he has to show how the goals are scored.” (aka / AFP)
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