BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party elects a new leader this weekend, a decision that will shape German voters ‘Election of her successor to head the largest economy in the European Union after her 16-year term
The 66-year-old Merkel has led Germany and Europe through a series of crises since taking office in 2005.But she said more than two years ago that she would not seek a fifth term as Chancellor
Now their party of the Christian Democratic Union is looking for its second new leader since it resigned from this role in 2018. This person will either run for Chancellor in Germany in September 26th election or have a large say in who runs
The current chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her resignation last February after failing to impose her authority on the party.A decision on her successor was repeatedly delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Finally, the CDU decided to open an online this weekend -Conference to hold
Delegates of the strongest German party can choose between three main candidates on Saturday, which at least differ in style. There is no clear favorite
The 65-year-old Friedrich Merz would mean a break with the Merkel era The party dominated the center, ended conscription, made same-sex marriage possible, if not accepted, and, among other things, admitted a large number of migrants
He has a traditionally more conservative and business-friendly image and recently wrote in Der Spiegel magazine that the CDU, whether it wants to or not, has to step out of the shadow of Angela Merkelâ ????
Merz said he would like to give a « political home » to disaffected conservatives, but does not move « a millimeter » in the direction of the right-wing extremist party Alternative für Deutschland
This is Merz’s second offer for the party leadership, after he had just lost to Kramp-Karrenbauer last time, who is considered Merkel’s preferred candidate. He headed the center-right faction in parliament from 2000 to 2002 when Merkel led him ousted from this job and left Parliament in 2009 Later worked as a lawyer and head of the supervisory board of the German branch of the investment manager BlackRock
Merz has tried to portray his decade outside of politics as a strength, but he lacks government experience. Armin Laschet, the governor of the most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia
, also offers this
A more liberal figure, 59-year-old Laschet was elected governor in a traditionally center-left stronghold in 2017 and is seen as likely to continue Merkel’s centrist approach. In a debate among candidates last week, he said, « What I bring with me is government experience, leading a large state, weighing up different interests and « That might not hurt a CDU leader to have won an electionâ ????
The third candidate, Norbert Roettgen, lost the 2012 state election in North Rhine-Westphalia. Merkel then dismissed him as German Environment Minister Roettgen, 55, says he learned from this experience. He declared himself a candidate for the « modern center » who emphasizes topics like combating climate change
Roettgen, now chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has long been considered an outsider, but surveys have shown that he has gained ground among CDU supporters. He suggested a tasty alternative to Merz’s supporters last week To be lax
« I am not in a camp » he said I stand for everyone and I think that those who do not vote for me can live with me and will accept me if I am electedâ ????
Laschet is the only candidate to have made big decisions in the coronavirus pandemic, which is both a strength and a weakness: it has raised its profile, but it has received mixed reviews, particularly as a vocal supporter of easing restrictions after the first phase of the pandemic
The CDU as a whole has benefited from the coronavirus crisis and, thanks to good ratings for Merkel’s pandemic leadership, brought a strong lead in the polls in an unusually uncertain election year. It is uncertain whether one of these candidates could get these ratings through to the election not be the last word on the center-right candidate for chancellor
This is partly because the CDU is part of the Union bloc, which also includes its sister party, the exclusively Bavarian Christian-Social Union.The two parties will jointly decide who will run for Merkel’s job, although no schedule has been set / p>
CSU boss Markus Soeder is himself a potential candidate.The Bavarian governor, as a strong supporter of strict restrictions to contain the coronavirus, gained importance during the pandemic, and his polls exceed those of the CDU candidates
And some consider Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is running under Laschet for deputy chairman of the CDU, as a possible candidate
Whoever is running will meet Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the candidate of the fighting center-left Social Democrats, currently Merkel’s junior coalition partner, as well as a candidate from the environmentalist Greens, who are planning their first run for the firm
The CDU leader is from 1001 delegates selected. If no candidate wins a majority, there will be a runoff. According to German law, the online result must be confirmed by a postal vote, the results of which are expected in January 22
Unity « is the top priority for everyone » The outgoing chairman Kramp-Karrenbauer told the dpa news agency And it is also my big request to the partyâ ????
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