Röttgen sees CDU chairman as candidate for chancellor

The candidate for the chairmanship of the CDU of Germany, Norbert Röttgen on December 14, 2020 during a discussion in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus
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The CDU will elect its new chairman on Saturday. For Norbert Röttgen, who is in the running with Friedrich Merz and Armin Laschet, it is already clear that the winner will be the next Chancellor.

CDU chairman Norbert Röttgen has reaffirmed his claim to want to become a candidate for chancellor in the event of an election. The party’s self-image is that the chairman will also take over the office of candidate for chancellor, said the foreign policy officer during a conversation in “Guten Morgen Deutschland” from RTL on Friday before the election for the CDU chairmanship. “The most important goal is that the Union candidate becomes the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany”. Röttgen does not want to compete with the potential competitor of the CSU, Markus Söder: “We are the first servants of the parties, that’s what it’s all about. And not about us and our egos. ”The decision will probably only be made after Easter.

“There’s a lot of work to do,” said Röttgen. The party needs new momentum, and the election campaign for the upcoming state elections is in progress. His plan after a victory: “I will go to my new job with a lot of energy and drive.” 2021 is a so-called super election year in Germany with six state elections and the federal election.

In addition to Röttgen, the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet and the CDU economic politician and former parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz are standing for election for the CDU chairmanship. Because of the corona pandemic, a party leadership with an online party conference is being determined for the first time in Germany.


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