Who is running for the CDU as Chancellor – this is not decided for Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU). The magazine “Stern” said the President of the Bundestag on the question of whether the new party Chairman, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the first access right to a Chancellor candidacy: “right of access? I don’t like this die-cut formulations. You will communicate at any given time.”

Schaeuble indicated that Friedrich Merz issue the candidate a role to play. In the battle for the CDU presidency Merz lost almost Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Schaeuble said the “star”: “I never had a doubt in my mind that Friedrich Merz is willing to engage in the CDU for this democracy. And I also, in the future, don’t have it.”

Schaeuble also spoke against a premature end to the Grand coalition and early elections. This coalition must now govern for a further three years. “We should not hire permanently for a new speculation, and when it ends.” In this regard, Schaeuble called on the CDU to focus on substantive issues. “We are not elected to lead staff discussions. This is just for self-satisfaction.”

In terms of the AfD Schäuble expressed the expectation that the new CDU leader, Kramp-Karrenbauer set the target of this “small break”. As Chairman of the largest party in Germany, they have a special responsibility.

As the President of the Bundestag the case, it is difficult for him in dealing with the AfD, occasionally, to hold back, said Schäuble. The formal Would not be his “all of the strongest side”. He had to learn, therefore, in his old days, what had him trying to his parents to teach: “You don’t have to submit always to Your comment.”


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