Why the CDU does not stand up against Steinmeier

Mit is possible that names will come to light at some point. By one or even several women who had been discussed to run against Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is aiming for a second term, in the federal presidential election on February 13th. Nothing has become known yet. Rather, Steinmeier received support not only from his party, the SPD, of which he is a dormant membership, but also from the FDP, with a delay from the Greens and finally, on Wednesday, from the Union. No opposing candidate from the parties with a majority in sight.

The former foreign minister, who turned 66 a few days ago, took no chances with his early decision in May of last year that he would be aiming for a second term. Realistically, he cannot hope for any other important political office. President again or political retirement was the alternative. With the early application it was clear that a president who was willing to stay would have to be driven out of office with an opposing candidate or – much more likely – a candidate. If the Union had won the Bundestag election and had a majority in the Federal Assembly, that could have happened.


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