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CDU debacle in Hamburg: the party without leadership – politics

When the CDU’s most important representatives meet on Monday morning in Berlin for its committee meetings, the party’s poor performance in the Hamburg election will only be one of several unpleasant topics.

The journalists in front of the entrance to the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus will probably ask the arriving people about much bigger problems.

Not only that the Hamburg result for the CDU is the worst in almost 70 years – and thus another damper for the lurching party. The party-internal dispute over dealing with the AfD and the Left Party contributed to the sagging of the CDU in the Hanseatic city. After the agreement with the elected Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow, the situation got worse at the weekend.

Thuringia was “anything but a tailwind”

Confused, General Secretary Paul Ziemiak admitted on Sunday evening that what happened in Thuringia was “anything but a tailwind” for the campaigners in Hamburg. High-ranking officials in the CDU also complain about the “image of lack of leadership” that the party gives. What the CDU boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has to say this Monday about the procedure for choosing her successor is eagerly awaited.

Last week, former Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen announced himself as a candidate for the chair and asked for a member survey and a decision by May.

Kramp-Karrenbauer’s idea of ​​negotiating a “team solution” with NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet, Health Minister Jens Spahn and their old competitor Friedrich Merz and thus integrating all candidates seemed to be a waste. Röttgen made it clear that he does not want to participate in processes that are organized in the back room without publicity.

CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak comments on the outcome of the election in Hamburg.Photo: Michael Kappeler / dpa

The Konrad-Adenauer-Haus now says that Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to present a kind of timetable on Monday. It could amount to a special party convention in May or June. CSU chief Markus Söder, however, had warned to separate the election of the party leader from the appointment of the candidate for chancellor. Because the CSU also wants to have a say.

Until the weekend, Kramp-Karrenbauer was in discussion with everyone involved, the CDU boss made a lot of calls. On Sunday evening she ate dinner in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus with members of the CDU presidium.

During the election campaign, they were still able to laugh: party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) and top candidate Marcus Weinberg.Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt / dpa

Party without leadership

But the situation remains uncertain: Kramp-Karrenbauer rejects the membership survey requested by Röttgen. She also wants to avoid a candidate for a fight. A cabinet reshuffle could offer more scope for a team solution, but Chancellor Merkel would have to agree. And not even all those interested have officially declared their candidacy.

To put it bluntly, the situation of the CDU on Monday is as follows: A party without leadership is digging deeper and deeper into a directional dispute in which there could ultimately be no winners, only losers. Does the party want to permanently reject any “form of cooperation” with the left – and put it on par with the AfD?

Shrill pitch from Ziemiak, Spahn and Merz

The demarcation from the Left Party has been creating identity for the heirs of Helmut Kohl for decades – at least in the west of the republic. The shrill tone with which General Secretary Ziemiak, Spahn and Merz are now warning their Thuringian party friends against cooperating with Ramelow shows that they see the party’s DNA under attack. But with the less pragmatic attitude they take away the maneuverability of the state CDU.

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