Candidates for the CDU chairmanship ask questions from the Junge Union

Young Union Talk on the CDU chairmanship

Röttgen, Laschet and Merz are applying to succeed CDU party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.


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Berlin For the first time, the candidates for the CDU party chairmanship presented themselves together on a stage. The three applicants answered questions from JU members at a video conference organized by the Junge Union on Saturday evening.

Foreign politician Norbert Röttgen spoke out in his application speech for a renewal of the party. The CDU must become more feminine, younger, more digital and more interesting, said Röttgen. In the CDU, issues must be wrestled again without the result being certain from the outset.

The party also needs credibility in terms of climate policy. Germany is also lagging behind 10 to 20 years when it comes to digitization. “WLAN at every school is a pious wish.” What is needed is a pact with the aim of Germany catching up with digitization by 2025.

His competitor and NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet, on the other hand, relied on his record as the father of the largest German state. Before the CDU youngsters, he introduced himself as a “doer” with broad experience as head of government. Many of the current demands of the Junge Union, such as more climate protection, digitization or intergenerational justice, have already been implemented by his state government or are being addressed, said Laschet.

In his cabinet, for example, representatives of the middle class are represented as well as employee representatives, women and the young generation, said Laschet, who was allowed to speak as the first of the three candidates after a draw.

Merz: Germany “has become too sluggish”

Ex-Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz called for a new generation contract for Germany. The country should no longer live at the expense of the younger generation, said Merz. Under his aegis, no more decisions would be taken that would shift the costs into the future and burden them with the younger generation.

According to Merz, Germany must come out of the corona crisis in terms of economic and financial policy, not against, but with ecological innovations. State-of-the-art technology is required for this and he is therefore aiming for a technology and start-up offensive. The country has “become too sluggish,” said Merz.

A face-to-face congress with 1,001 delegates is to elect the successor to party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on December 4th in Stuttgart. Due to the increasing number of corona infections, however, it is still open whether the delegates’ meeting can actually take place.

In the end, JU boss Tilman Kuban started a two-week member survey of the youth organization on the CDU chairmanship. The result is considered to be the recommendation of the youngsters to be elected CDU leader at the planned party conference in Stuttgart at the beginning of December. The JU, the joint youth organization of the CDU and CSU, claims to have almost 100,000 members. However, only the 70,000 JU members who do not come from Bavaria are questioned, as it is about the CDU chairmanship. Of the 1001 delegates at the CDU party congress, around 100 belong to the JU.

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