The candidate for the CDU presidency, Friedrich Merz, has expressed appreciation to the Green. The Greens of today were “very civil, very open, very liberal, and certainly capable,” said Merz, of the image on Sunday. Earlier he had had an “extremely critical” relationship to this party, he admitted. This now seems to be over.

The former Union Chairman had known for years with Cem Özdemir, the former Green party leader and current Chairman of the transport Committee in the Bundestag. With Özdemir he parts, in the meantime, “in many political issues to have an opinion,” said Merz. Not expressed by the current Green Chairman Robert Habeck and Anna Lena Baerbock he in an interview with the newspaper.

Also in his speech to the district party Congress of the CDU in the homeland Association of the Sauerland in Arnsberg-Oeventrop on Saturday Merz signaled, indirectly, its openness to the major programmatic objectives of the Green. Merz named environmental protection, safe food, animal welfare and climate change as important issues, in order to reach young families in the cities. The former Union leader also requested that the CDU and its future President would also need to be more “in the middle”. A shift to the right of the CDU he of the castle.

Merz does not want to apply as an “Anti-Merkel”

That he was an “Anti-Merkel” or a “settlement” with Merkel wool, “it’s all nonsense,” said Merz. The nearly 500 delegates of his home Association nominated him closed as a candidate for the succession of party leader Angela Merkel.

in addition to Merz, the CDU also apply to-Secretary General, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Minister of health, Jens Spahn for the Position. The candidates should introduce themselves to the CDU, based on eight regional conferences, which are scheduled between mid and end November. The decision of the CDU-party Convention meets at 7. December in Hamburg. Merkel dispensed with after 18 years to a new term as CDU leader.

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