Berlin The candidate for the CDU chairmanship, Friedrich Merz, has called for a return to the debt brake in 2022. “For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany we have a finance minister who obviously knows no limits when it comes to spending money,” said Merz, referring to Olaf Scholz (SPD) of the Funke media group, according to a preliminary report.
An end to the spiral of spending must be targeted. “For me, the target date would be 2022.”
In addition to Merz, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet and ex-Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen are applying to succeed CDU boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The new chairman is to be elected at an online party conference in mid-January. On many issues, Merz is considered a critic of the party’s course, which has been determined by Chancellor Merkel for years.
Merz can still hope for broad support from the regional association of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) at the party conference. “The delegates from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will decide in favor of Merz by a large majority. That also corresponds to the mood among the party base, ”said CDU country chief Michael Sack of the German press agency in Schwerin. The 47-year-old district administrator of the Vorpommern-Greifswald district, who has only headed the regional association for a few months, is not a delegate himself.
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