The Union is wrestling with itself. But before CDU boss Laschet wants to present a proposal for staff renewal, a member of parliament rushes forward. The news ticker.
- CDU boss Armin Laschet * wants to present the party’s top bodies on Monday (October 11) with a proposal for a new personnel structure.
- The CDU * MP Christian von Stetten is now calling for his party to take a radical step.
- Ex-Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz criticizes the behavior of the Union during the federal election * (Update from October 10, 10:28 a.m.).
- This news ticker is continuously updated.
Update from October 10th, 6.15 p.m .: On Sunday, the Union parliamentary group leaders will discuss the situation of the CDU, which has got into difficult waters – there are again tough demands for a collective resignation. The parliamentary managing director of the CDU state parliamentary group in Saxony-Anhalt, Markus Kurz confirmed the desire for a tough cut in the CDU presidium.
“It would be logical to start over from scratch. The time is ripe for it, ”said Kurz before the start of the conference. He emphasized that there was nothing against “one or the other” running for the presidium again. “But if you step back completely and say that we have experienced a fiasco, that would certainly be a clean cut that would also go down well with the citizens,” said the member of the state parliament. Christian von Stetten, member of the Bundestag, had already suggested that the CDU presidium resign (see first report).
When asked who should take on more responsibility in the party in the future, Kurz named Carsten Linnemann, chairman of the CDU SME Association, and Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. The CDU parliamentary group leader in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt, Siegfried Borgwardt, also called for his party to be reorganized. “We need a generation change, that is undisputed,” he said. There are “several candidates” who would be eligible, said Borgwardt.
CDU struggles to find a way to reorganize to Laschet – Schäuble warns of the base
Update from October 10, 4:55 p.m .: The party leadership of the CDU is bitterly criticized – not least old masters for Volker Bouffier and Wolfgang Schäuble. The latter has now spoken out in the struggle for the best way for a party leader freestyle against a larger base participation. Friedrich Merz, among others, had recently called for such an indirect claim *.
“The CDU Germany has no better organ to consider the basis than the party congress,” said the President of the Bundestag on Sunday as part of a literature festival in Hamburg. At previous party conventions, delegates had voted on the new head of the Christian Democrats. A vote among members could be influenced by opinion polls, for example.
The CDU / CSU fell to 24.1 percent in the federal election, while the SPD became the strongest force with 25.7 percent. CDU boss Armin Laschet had announced that he would submit a proposal to the party’s top executive bodies this Monday for a new line-up. He would like to moderate this process himself.
CDU and CSU in a clinch: Merz shoots against Söder – “Stylish, disrespectful, sometimes rowdy”
Update from October 10th, 10:28 am: “The year 2021 marks a low point in our cooperation and our dealings with one another”: With these words, ex-Union leader Friedrich Merz criticized the current relationship between CDU and CSU in his latest newsletter *. The CDU politician also wrote: “We don’t all have to be completely convinced of every decision at all times. But like in the weeks leading up to the election, in a Union that still calls itself “bourgeois” people simply don’t get along with each other. That was stylistically, disrespectful and sometimes rowdy. ”
In the CSU, during the election campaign, there were repeatedly critical tones in the direction of the Union Chancellor candidate and CDU leader Armin Laschet. CSU leader Markus Söder was inferior to Laschet in the power struggle for the Union’s candidacy for chancellor.
Against this background, Merz’s statements should be understood as criticism of Söder, whom he did not mention by name. Söder attributed the poor election result on Saturday to the unpopular candidate for Chancellor Laschet and a weak campaign strategy. “It’s just like that: In the end, the Germans wanted a different candidate for chancellor than the one that the CDU and CSU have put up,” he said at the national assembly of the Junge Union in Deggendorf.
Union in turmoil – struggle for consequences after election debacle
First report from October 10th: Berlin – A bitter demand for a bitter election defeat: The CDU member Christian von Stetten has suggested that the presidium members of his party resign. He said of Stetten Bild am Sonntag (BamS), “The CDU Presidium can enforce a candidate for Chancellor against all polls, against the sister party, against the parliamentary group and against the party base.”
Then his criticism: “But then the candidate must also win the elections and be able to form a government. Otherwise not only the candidate for chancellor, but the entire party presidium will have an acceptance problem and will have to make his offices available. “
The CDU boss Armin Laschet, who was hapless as a candidate for chancellor, announced on Thursday that he wanted to pave the way for a new start in terms of personnel. On Monday, he wants to present proposals to the party committees – for example for a special party congress.
Criticism of the CDU Presidium: “Have watered down the program”
Laschet * was not solely responsible for the election disaster, said von Stetten, who is chairman of the middle class parliamentary group of the Union parliamentary group, of the newspaper. “The members of the Presidium have for years diluted the CDU’s program and drove Armin Laschet into this chancellor candidacy without a chance.” Von Stetten is a supporter of Friedrich Merz, who was defeated by Laschet in the race for CDU chairmanship.
Von Stetten is chairman of the parliamentary group for medium-sized companies. He had supported Söder in the power struggle between Laschet and CSU * boss Markus Söder * for the candidacy for chancellor, but ultimately Laschet prevailed.
The CDU Presidium will meet on Monday, Laschet wants to present his plans for staff and content renewal after the historical disaster in the federal election *. (AFP / dpa / frs) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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