Status: 04/11/2021 1:35 a.m.
The voices in the Union are getting louder and louder: who will be a candidate for chancellor? CDU boss Laschet is now reacting and demanding that the CDU and CSU commit themselves quickly. He doesn’t believe in the idea of letting the parliamentary group decide.
The CDU chairman Armin Laschet demands that the Union soon come to a decision on the issue of candidate for chancellor. “If I take into account the broad mood of the CDU, the decision should be made very quickly,” said the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister of “Bild am Sonntag”.
From his point of view, this should be done amicably: “Unity is very important. CDU and CSU do very well to make the decision together. And very promptly.”
Laschet appears today together with CSU leader Markus Söder at a closed meeting of the head of the Union faction in the Bundestag. He does not expect the candidate for chancellor to be proclaimed on this occasion: “No”, Laschet replied to a corresponding question.
The date has been planned for months, the party leaders of the CDU and CSU have been invited as guests to closely interlink the work. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is also expected at the closed conference.
Against codecision by the political group
In the interview, Laschet made it clear that he rejects a codecision by the Bundestag faction on the candidate for chancellor, which some politicians demanded: “The CDU and CSU governing bodies decide on the question of the candidate for chancellor.” A unity of both parties is very important. Laschet and Söder had repeatedly emphasized that they wanted to clarify the question of the candidacy for chancellor among themselves by Pentecost.
Laschet emphasized that – unlike the CSU and Söder – he had always stood by Merkel’s side on many political issues. “For years I have been in agreement with the Chancellor on basic political issues – from saving the euro to refugee policy. Even when the conflict with the CSU over a European refugee policy escalated two years ago,” he emphasized. “Such a rift must never be repeated in the Union.”
“No taunts, filthy things or the like”
Regarding the form of the internal dispute in the power struggle for the candidacy for chancellor, Laschet said: “You won’t find any taunts, filthy things or the like with me. That’s not my style. The pandemic is too serious for party-political games.”
The term “filthiness” originally comes from the former CSU boss Horst Seehofer. At a CSU Christmas party in 2012, Söder had accused him of “weaknesses in character” and a tendency to be “dirty”.
Laschet against cuts in social benefits
In the event of his party’s renewed participation in government after the federal election, Laschet ruled out any cuts in social benefits. “That is the worst idea to save on social issues, of all things,” said Laschet. “People need security that they will not be further burdened when overcoming the consequences of the corona. Solidarity with the weaker also applies after the pandemic.”
Laschet also spoke out against tax increases and made it clear that this would be a central statement of the CDU in the federal election campaign.