Saturday 19th September 2020
The fight for chairmanship of the CDU has not yet been decided. But one thing is clear from candidate Friedrich Merz: He is against the candidacy of a CSU politician for chancellor. Earlier cases were “exceptional situations”, but they do not currently exist.
The applicant for the CDU chairmanship, Friedrich Merz, has spoken out against a CSU candidate for chancellor of the Union. In 1980 and 2002, the union with a CSU politician entered the federal election because this wanted a majority in the CDU, said Merz in Hildesheim at an event of the Junge Union Niedersachsen.
However, he described this as an exceptional situation because the CDU did not trust itself to be the candidate for chancellor at the time. “Quite frankly: I do not see such a situation for 2020,” emphasized Merz, who competed in the election of the CDU chief at the beginning of December against the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet and the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen.
Merz received applause from the JU delegates for this comment. It remains that the new CDU chairman will then agree with the CSU boss who will run for the Union in the election, said Merz. He has “great respect” for the CSU, and the combination of sister parties ensures that the Union has the opportunity to cover a very broad spectrum of voters. There are many voters in Lower Saxony who “grudgingly” voted for the CDU because there is the CSU in Bavaria. “But there are just as many CSU voters in Bavaria who grudgingly vote for the CSU because the CDU exists in the rest of the republic,” added Merz.
The Union must preserve this “treasure” of appearing together. ”The background to this is the debate as to whether CSU boss Markus Söder could also be Union candidate for chancellor because, in surveys, he was ahead of the three applicants for the CDU chairmanship Most recently he emphasized several times that his place was in Bavaria, but there is still speculation that he might seek the Union’s candidacy for chancellor.