Lübeck – regional conference of the CDU On the first of eight regional conferences have presented the candidate for the office of the party presidency. In a survey, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at the front. © Photo: Carsten Rehder/dpa

The three promising candidates for the succession of Chancellor Angela Merkel of the CDU leadership have promised at the first regional conference a renewal of the party and programmatically, many of the similarities shown. There’s a mood of optimism in the CDU, said General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (56), Ex-Union parliamentary leader Friedrich Merz (63) and the Minister of health, Jens Spahn (38) in Lübeck, Germany in front of about 800 party members. To experience the first of Germany’s eight regional conferences under the Motto “democracy. The future” were invited to design the CDU members from Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, the favourite at the base: In a survey conducted by the ARD-Germany trends among CDU supporters, 46 per cent in favour, 31 per cent for the sour countries, Merz, and only 12 percent for Spahn. The open, the party, invigorating successor can not for the benefit of the Union so far in the polls but: In Germany, the trend is ranked at 26 percent, followed by Green (23%/+6), SPD (14/-1) and AfD (14/-2).

“We need to come to new strength,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer. 26 percent as recently at the state election in Hessen for a people’s party not a measure. “We have to convince more people of us.” It was the doubt in the population’s concerns, that the CDU was the party of Internal security, that she could still enforce the law. The refugee crisis in 2015 will not happen again.

Similar to critical looked Merz and Spahn on the refugee policy in 2015, and referred to this as a reason for the rise of the AfD. The success of the right-wing populist party that sits in all the country days, and in the Bundestag, wants to stop Merz: “I wouldn’t put it past me to cut in half the AfD which goes,” he said, to great applause. “Only, we need to create the conditions.” Merz holds a recovery of the CDU in the range of 40 percent would be possible. It is necessary to increase participation processes from the bottom up “in the party, but,” said he, as previously, Kramp-Karrenbauer. “The CDU is a people’s party of the center, we move to the left and to the right,” said Merz.

Merz policy – and a greatly simplified tax system known also to a social and ecological economy. He recalled his claim, the citizen must be able to calculate its taxes on a beer coaster. And he stressed that the CDU had to stay in the Euro party in Germany and help to lead the European Union out of the crisis.

Spahn wished to have more courage of his party for open debates. The CDU needs to become a modern join-in party. You had to be modern and to be conservative, he said. It will go to the civic center. Security is important for citizens. Here it is about regaining trust. The CDU have also admitted that the AfD today in the 16 state parliaments seats. “We can also disappear again,” said Spahn. It had always been clear: The CDU’s stand against the extremists of the Right and left.

The longest applause after her ten minute presentation Kramp-Karrenbauer received with 41 seconds, followed by Merz (30 seconds), and Spahn (15 seconds). By the end of November a further seven regional conferences are planned nationwide. About the CDU-chair of a national party Convention shall decide on 7. December in Hamburg.

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