After the election gossip in the federal election, CDU boss Armin Laschet (60) continues to cling to the hope of becoming chancellor. But more and more politicians in their own ranks are saying: Laschet has to go – and not just him.
Your demand: Everything has to be new at the CDU! Not just the people at the top, but also HOW they are selected and what topics they occupy.
Spahn sees serious errors in content
▶ ︎ Party vice and health minister Jens Spahn (41) went to court with Laschet in an interview with WELT am SONNTAG: “Nobody can deny that mistakes were made in the election campaign and that our top candidate did not draw correctly. That alone cost a lot of percent. “
In addition, the CDU vice attested his party major weaknesses in terms of content. He described the fact that the Union kept refugee policy out of the election campaign as a “fallacy”.
Spahn: “We have largely ignored the issue of migration since 2015 without actually resolving the matter. Thousands come to the EU every day, and when they are there, very often to Germany. Which also has to do with our social system. “
The resulting burdens “are noticeable to the population”, continues Spahn. “And we have terrible examples of unsuccessful integration, including murder cases. The topic moves a lot of citizens. And as long as we ignore it, it paralyzes us. “
▶ ︎ Hard accounting, also from the board member Norbert Röttgen (56): One must now honestly express what everyone already knows. Namely: “The lack of acceptance of the candidate was the main topic of conversation in the election campaign. Armin Laschet knows that too, ”he told the“ Tagesspiegel ”.
Spahn wants to seal a new beginning at a special party conference
But neither of them criticize Laschet alone, they demand more. Keyword: a new beginning. And not just at the top of the CDU and not just in terms of personnel.
Röttgen: Laschet has to go – but: “It is not enough now to just change one person,” he told the “Tagesspiegel”. Personnel consequences would have to be found for a new beginning – regardless of whether the Union manages a coalition with the Greens and the FDP or not.
Spahn: The discussion about Laschet shouldn’t obscure the view of “structural problems”. It must be an end with the entire old guard, he demands and formulates it like this: “The next generation after Angela Merkel must now become more visible.” And also the CDU method of “tactically ironing out issues because they supposedly make other parties strong , belongs in the moth box from now on ”.
His suggestion: a special party conference by the end of January. “Regardless of whether we govern or not, it must be clear after this election result: Now it’s about the line-up for the future, just going on like this is not an option.”
CDU needs a new selection process
Explosive: Röttgen ran for the CDU chairmanship in January. He was defeated by Laschet, who, of all people, had joined the team with Jens Spahn.
Another loser at the time was Friedrich Merz. He is now demanding: At the next election to the CDU leader, ALL members should be interviewed, not just party congress delegates. In such a case, he would run again himself to become head of the CDU.
“We will not get around the involvement of the members in the next decision on the presidency,” said Union parliamentary group vice Carsten Linnemann (44, CDU) to BILD.
▶ ︎ Spahn wants a new procedure for deciding on the Union’s candidacy for chancellor. Why shouldn’t candidates for chancellor and election programs be decided at a joint party congress in the future, he asked in the WamS. If this is not possible according to the statutes, these would have to be adjusted accordingly.
Söder interferes by attacking Schäuble
▶ ︎ CSU boss Markus Söder (54) also indirectly criticized the selection process for the Union’s candidate for chancellor in his speech on the 80th birthday of honorary chairman Edmund Stoiber on Friday. He went after Wolfgang Schäuble (“Some people make mistakes again and again”). Söder said that Schäuble was to blame for the Union’s election defeat in 2002 because he had spoken out in favor of the Iraq war at the time – and indicated that he thought he was guilty this time too: after all, Schäuble had made Laschet a candidate for chancellor instead of letting Söder go.
The talks about forming a government will continue on the weekend: On Sunday, the SPD and FDP want to talk to each other first, then the SPD and the Greens. The Union has agreed to have exploratory talks on Sunday evening with the FDP and next Tuesday with the Greens.