Armin Laschet is the Union’s candidate for chancellor. In the interview, Markus Söder now talks about his adversary – and a possible change of chancellor.
Munich – The polls of the Union are poor. In the current German trend of ARD, the CDU / CSU is even on par with the SPD when it comes to the desire for government responsibility. Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet has even worse poll results. According to the opinion polls, the SPD man Olaf Scholz has clearly escaped him. The mood within the Union is correspondingly bad. Markus Söder knows that too – who may not be entirely uninvolved in the current situation.
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In an interview with the Munich Mercury the CSU leader attested the Union about five weeks before the federal election “a great deal of unrest, which is understandable in view of the polls.” Söder himself had recently denounced the poor approval ratings again and again – internally and publicly. The current surveys, in which the Union is now more and more often below 25 percent, are “worrying,” said Söder in a meeting of the presidium. “That is not enough,” he added in the interview.
On top of that, a culprit for the downward slide seems to be quickly identified – Armin Laschet. Söder taunts his opponent again and again. Usually subtle, but if you read between the lines, you can see clear attacks. Most recently, Söder called for more speed in the election campaign, it was not about “driving to the Chancellery in a sleeping car”. Laschet was nevertheless a “very good candidate for chancellor”, which he supported “without resentment”, said Söder on top of that. You may even believe the Franconian, but there is always a certain undertone: I would be the better candidate.
Markus Söder: “In Bavaria we might have achieved a better result, I would have been a candidate for chancellor”
Söder described this interpretation of his statements in an interview with the Munich Mercury now completely blunt. “In Bavaria we might have achieved a better result if I had become a candidate for chancellor,” said the CSU chairman. “But that’s yesterday’s news.” So the lost duel over the K question is ticked off?
What is certain is that such statements do not really help Laschet, who is already stumbling and less popular in the surveys. The party chairman of the CDU is now also being criticized within his own party. “That doesn’t convince anyone,” says CDU man Daniel Günther. Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister was one of the strongest advocates of Laschet in the Chancellor dispute. (With our brand new politics newsletter you will always stay up to date on the final spurt towards the federal election.)
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Overall, Söder’s statements seem like a mixture of Laschet criticism and support. In Bavaria they “deliberately put up the chancellor candidate in detail,” says Söder. “Because it depends on the candidate for chancellor – that was the case with Adenauer, Kohl and Merkel. Today the personalization in modern democracy is even stronger. ”In addition, the CSU also poster the top candidate Alexander Dobrindt as well as the portrait of the Prime Minister. The Söder posters are being put up “at the request of many MPs”.
No question about it, within the CSU one seems quite dissatisfied with the common candidate for chancellor from North Rhine-Westphalia. The Rhinelander Laschet does not at least cause the greatest euphoria in the Franz-Josef-Strauss-Haus. However, Söder put a stop to debates about replacing the candidate for chancellor, as they are sometimes also being carried out by the Greens. “All decisions have been made. The ballot papers have been printed, the posters designed. That makes little sense. ”When asked, Söder also insistently clarifies:“ Armin Laschet is candidate for chancellor of the CDU and CSU. ”He did not say whether he found this decision a good one. (as / ms)