After the election of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to the CDU Chairman of the Bundestag President, Wolfgang Schäuble, has called on the various camps of his party to accept the democratic rules of the game. “Whoever seeks now to return the game, or even revenge, is wrong. So democracy is not,” he said of the “image”-newspaper. Also the Prime Minister of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, demanded discipline from the CDU. “There are disappointments. I understand that very well,” he said of the “Rheinische Post”. “But there is no reason to stand in the pouty corner.”

Schaeuble had spoken a few days before the election, the new party leadership to the public for the former Union parliamentary leader Friedrich Merz and so, considerable agitation triggered. Since the narrow defeat of Merz on the Hamburg Congress is a concern that may deepen the rifts between the party’s wings to grow in the CDU. Especially in the conservative camp of great displeasure.

Kramp-Karrenbauer assured on Sunday evening, there were many questions, no major differences in content between Merz, Jens Spahn and her. “It has a lot to do with habit, a lot of who started what,” she said in the ARD-show “Anne Will”. You don’t stand for a pure “More So”, as Merz or Spahn those that wanted to flatten an entire Era. This one had to make in the next few weeks. The will to succeed, if you are in the property, plant, and work inside the knee. “Then we will see, the differences are smaller than you think.”

Mohring: “Friedrich Merz must help us”

Many in the CDU to hope that Merz is involved in the party. After his defeat, the former Union leader and today’s economy, announced by a lawyer, to want more for the CDU work, where this is desired, but not concrete. Kramp-Karrenbauer want to talk about in the next few days with Merz. “It’s not about what I have to offer him, it’s about how he wants to bring in.”

In East Germany, leading the CDU-politician on the support of Merz in the upcoming state election campaigns. “Friedrich Merz, has to help us, I am looking very much to it. He enjoys very much the sympathy and consent from the local people at the grassroots,” said the Thuringian CDU chief Mike Mohring. The Saxon Prime Minister, Michael Kretschmer (CDU), stressed: “Friedrich Merz is invited, of course. I would be pleased if he would come and intervene in the election campaign.”

In Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg Landtag elections in the next year. In Thuringia and Saxony, the AfD is according to recent surveys, well over 20 percent, in Thuringia, with the right outdoor Björn Höcke, even almost on a par with the CDU.

Also, Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus hopes that Merz participates more in the party. “He has just set on issues such as the economy and Internal security of many good impulses,” he said of the “Passauer Neue Presse”. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) said the “New osnabrück newspaper”, Merz have any possibility of concrete tangible proposals in the work of the CDU. “Someone like him can continue to play regardless of certain Offices an important role in the public discourse.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer even want to accept a Ministerial post in the Cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I competed for election as party Chairman because I want to stand for separate positions of the European Union,” she told the “Saarbrücker Zeitung”. “I don’t need integration into the Cabinet.”


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