CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer want to lead the Union as Chairman re-election results of 40 percent. “40 percent of the margin that we want to achieve in Germany and the national associations,” said the candidate for the CDU presidency in the case of the sixth regional conference in Düsseldorf. “The hurdle we will measure ourselves.” The Union had reached with Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Bundestag election in 2017, only 32.9 percent – the second-worst result since 1949. Currently, the Union is in the polls, only around 26 percent.

Kramp cart Builder, a competitor to the CDU Chairman Friedrich Merz, said in Düsseldorf that the clarity of the CDU positions have suffered in the past few years. The former Union leader is not insured, he strut as the new CDU-chief the end of the Grand coalition. “There is absolutely no reason to speculate about early elections.” He added: “We have an elected government.”

Merz, and the third observation of the candidate on the successor to Angela Merkel in the CDU-Chairman, Jens Spahn, attacked the Greens, who are in the polls currently at about 20 percent. It was “double standards” if the Green left the clearance of the hambach forest for the brown coal open-pit trade, but then to trees, chained, said Spahn. “If it comes down to it, is visible from the Green.” Merz also said with a view on the Protest in the hambach forest: “The Greens need to clarify their relationship with the monopoly of violence of this state.”

“No Sharia law on German soil”

in addition to dealing with Islam and Muslims in Germany. “There is no Sharia law on German soil,” said Merz. There must be a better state supervision of religious schools. Freedom of religion in Germany also applies to Muslims, stressed Merz. But also “the whole of the rest of the secular law of this state, and without any limitation applicable”.

Kramp-Karrenbauer said, if one wanted to in the Koran schools, then you must make a public offer for Muslim teaching on English. Also in North Rhine would have to be formed according to the model-Westphalia Muslim religion teachers at German.

Jens Spahn, demanded that mosques in Germany would no longer be financed from abroad. “We want the Federal President opened Steinmeier mosques, the Turkish President Erdogan.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan had at the end of September in the framework of a state, the Ditib’s visit opened the Central mosque in Cologne.

North Rhine-Westphalia is for the election of the successor of Angela Merkel in the CDU presidency is particularly important because with Merz and Spahn, two candidates come from the largest state Association. NRW almost a third of the delegates for the decisive CDU Federal party conference in a week and a half.

Kevin Chung studied literature in Seoul. He is interested in various areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.