The CDU wants to elect a new chairman in January, but none of the candidates is as popular as CSU boss Markus Söder. So who should lead the Union as a candidate for Chancellor in the federal election campaign?
In the Union, there is still no sign of a quick agreement on the timing of the free choice of the Chancellor candidate. “I can imagine that after the state elections in March we will decide who will lead the Union parties to the federal election,” said CSU state group leader Alexander Dobrindt of the German press agency. “One should now be able to resist the tendency to rush and have the courage to be careful.”
Friedrich Merz, candidate for the CDU chairmanship, has shown himself to be open to a later decision on the Union’s candidacy for chancellor. He was “more of the opinion that we should decide that soon,” said Merz of the German press agency. “But there are also good arguments to say that we should do this together with the CSU at a somewhat later point in time.”
CDU Vice Bouffier for quick freestyle of the chancellor candidate
After an election as CDU chairman, he will talk calmly with CSU chairman Markus Söder about the timetable for the election of candidates, said Merz. Hesse’s Prime Minister and CDU Federal Vice-President Volker Bouffier, on the other hand, recently spoke out in favor of a quick free choice of the Chancellor candidate after the election of the new CDU Chairman.
The CDU wants to determine the successor of party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at an online party congress on January 16 with a subsequent postal vote. In addition to ex-Union parliamentary group leader Merz, NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet and foreign politician Norbert Röttgen also want to lead the CDU.
Surveys see CSU boss Söder ahead
There will be state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate on March 14th. If these are lost for the CDU, some in the Union fear that this could be a burden for the new CDU chairman in the federal election campaign. In surveys, the question of the Union Chancellor candidate, CSU boss Markus Söder, is currently in front of the candidates for the CDU chairmanship.
CSU politician Dobrindt expects major political changes in view of the Merkel era ending with the federal election. In the past there was a combination of a new program and a well-known Chancellor during the election campaign. “Today there is a new candidate with a new program. This also creates greater flexibility in voting,” said Dobrindt.