CDU reiterates its claim to leadership in the post-Merkel era
The CDU has emphasized its claim to political leadership for Germany even after the end of the era of Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Our will to govern today and create for tomorrow is unbroken. Right now it depends on us ”, it says in a“ Berlin Declaration ”, which the CDU federal executive committee decided. “Right now, the CDU is called upon to continue to take responsibility for our country.” This requires “a sense of responsibility, ability to act, unity” in the party.
The board of directors and the presidium prepared for the federal party conference on this Friday and Saturday in online meetings. After months of hanging, the CDU wants to decide on the successor to chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet, the former Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz and foreign policy specialist Norbert Röttgen apply for the post.
In the declaration, the CDU refers to the storm on the Capitol in Washington and declares that “democracy has come under pressure” in Germany too. The deeds in Halle and Hanau or the attempted penetration of corona deniers into the Bundestag are only the tip of the iceberg. “Conspiracy myths of all kinds are spreading and driving more and more people into an analogue and digital parallel world full of anger, hatred and anti-Semitism. With the AfD, all these forces have a parliamentary arm that fights our democratic culture every day. “
Appeals and resolutions alone would not protect democracy and cohesion, the statement said. “It is our task as the People’s Party of the Middle to stand up for the cohesion of society and to oppose the centrifugal forces caused by left and right-wing populism.”
General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said after the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Presidium that both governing bodies had affirmed “that we, regardless of who becomes the new chairman of the CDU in Germany, will stand together behind the new party chairman and serve this country together”. Ziemiak assumed that the three known applicants for the party chairmanship would remain. “I have no signs that there will be more candidates,” he said.