The candidate for the CDU presidency, Friedrich Merz, has in a newspaper interview that for the first time, his income is disclosed. “Today, I earn around a Million euros gross,” he told the Bild am Sonntag. Merz has not responded to criticism of his statement that he is counting to the “upscale middle class”: “For me, the center of society is a pure economic size. I have heard from my parents the values that characterize the middle class: hard work, discipline, decency, respect and giving something back to society, if you can afford it.”

see Themselves as part of the upper class, refused to Merz: “If I hear upper class’ or ‘upper class’, I think of people who have a lot of money or a company inherited and, thus, enjoy your life. This is not the case with me.”

Details not mentioned his income as a Supervisory Board member of several companies and a consultant to the law firm Mayer Brown, Merz. According to Bild am Sonntag, however, it is apparent from annual reports that Merz earned solely in the asset Manager Blackrock last at least 125,000 euros per year. In addition, according to the newspaper, € 80,000 in the Wepa Industrieholding, 75,000 euros in the Bank HSBC trinkhaus and 14,000 euros for the operator company of the airport of Cologne/Bonn.

“I Started with a manageable income”

Merz stressed in the Interview, to have high-worked: “My wife and I were students when we married and the first child. In this time, we had to turn around each Mark,” he said. “Started I with a for a family with two children, reasonable income for a Referendars in Saarbrücken.”

in addition to Merz, also General Secretary apply to, among other things, Kramp-Karrenbauer and Minister of health, Jens Spahn, Annegret to follow in the footsteps of Angela Merkel of the CDU leadership. In a Emnid survey commissioned by the Bild am Sonntag, Merz was among the respondents Union supporters with a vote of 49 percent before Kramp-Karrenbauer, who came to 32 percent. Spahn would give, therefore, only seven percent of their vote.

In a survey conducted by the ARD-Germany trends among CDU supporters had argued recently, however, 46 percent for Kramp-karrenbauer, 31 percent for Merz and twelve percent for Spahn.

Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that, in the case of their defeat, as the Secretary-General assign. You will then be only on a volunteer basis for the party, said Kramp-Karrenbauer of the SWR. This is not a blackmail before the election, but in the interests of Fairness to “even the person who is elected to this office, to have the complete freedom to his Team”.

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