Peter Altmaier does not want to decide on the K question until April or May

Peter Altmaier

The Minister of Economic Affairs sees the Union facing other concerns than determining the candidate for chancellor.


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Berlin Economics Minister Peter Altmaier sees no time pressure in the Union’s decision on the candidacy for chancellor and considers the spring to be sufficient. “There is no need to rush to nominate our candidate for chancellor,” he told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

“We should focus on what has priority over the next few months: health and economic recovery. The decision on the candidacy for chancellor will come early enough in April or May. “

There is disagreement in the Union about the timing, also in view of the corona pandemic. Some are urging a quick decision on the free choice of the new CDU chairman, which is currently planned for December, but January 2021 has already been discussed, CSU boss Markus Söder brought March into play. The Bavarian Prime Minister currently has the best polls for the candidates in question.

The vast majority of citizens have other concerns than the list of candidates for chancellor, said Altmaier. “The very early nomination of Olaf Scholz as an SPD applicant did not help the Social Democrats either.” The citizens had the expectation “that we are not thinking about party political interests and contradictions, but about the question of how we can cope with the corona crisis together to get the economy going again ”.

In relation to the discussion about postponing the CDU party convention planned for December 4th with the election of the new chairman, Altmaier said: The decision whether a party congress should take place could “only be based on one question: the pandemic in Germany”. At the moment the numbers are “far too high,” he said. “Nowhere in the republic are major events taking place.” The CDU leadership wants to make a decision on Monday.

More: More than half of the German citizens consider the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder to be a good candidate for Chancellor. Friedrich Merz is in second place.

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