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Upside down world: Laschet on the upswing while Söder is weak - will the NRW election help him now?


Armin Laschet seemed to be the loser of the Corona crisis for a long time, but the mood could turn. Even conservatives are praising him more and more. That's good for him - and bad for Markus Söder.

Armin Laschet seemed to be the loser of the Corona crisis for a long time, but the mood could turn.

Even conservatives are praising him more and more.

That's good for him - and bad for Markus Söder.

  • Armin Laschet was never ahead in the polls about the CDU chairmanship.

  • In the meantime the picture has changed a bit.

  • Can the NRW Prime Minister catch up again?

Berlin - can

Armin Laschet

still catch up?

On Saturday the

Prime Minister of


Rhine-Westphalia will


to the Erzgebirgskreis.

With his Saxon colleague

Michael Kretschmer he

visits a mine, later he is at the 30th anniversary of the Free State.

It's about symbolism and images, otherwise the people in the East usually cheer

Friedrich Merz

, Laschet's greatest opponent in the fight for the

CDU chairmanship


And now?

Is Laschet back on the defensive: Above all, he has to explain why he is at the gala concert with 2000 people, while

strict rules still apply


North Rhine-Westphalia


Race for CDU chairmanship open - can Laschet catch up?

A good three months before the planned Stuttgart election party conference, the race for the

CDU chairmanship is

completely open.

The situation is particularly tricky because the question is always in the background: Does the new

CDU boss

also have the

candidacy for chancellor

in the cross?

In the polls,

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU)

is far ahead of the CDU candidates.

Before the summer break, some in the

CDU leadership had

great doubts as to whether


could get out of the polls.

But if you look around in the


at the moment, the picture could still turn.

Maybe, so it is said behind closed doors, Laschet was

done injustice

in the

Corona crisis

compared to the rigid Söder.

The opposite picture: approval for Söder is weaker - praise for Laschet


was long considered a strong man in the crisis, his popularity ratings were downright unearthly.

But he is finding it increasingly difficult

to explain

his strict

Corona course

, which is also noticed negatively in conservative circles.

The “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” recently sang a song of praise for


, who was the

first top German politician to “advertise a sense of proportion and liberality”

in the

fight against Corona


Conclusion: Now the numbers would prove him right - and not his rival Söder.

Will the wind turn on the

chancellor question


First of all,


wants to become the

CDU boss

- and the competition never sleeps.


is said of


that he is working intensively on the possible delegates for the party congress.

His problem:

it hardly appeared

in the

corona pandemic


At the moment, even the

foreign politician Röttgen,

who is considered an outsider, is

attracting more attention - on the subject of Navalny.

It is not for nothing that Merz has recently expressed himself critical of the future of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline: As a consequence of the poisoning of the Kremlin critic, he is calling for a two-year moratorium on the construction of the pipeline.

Will NRW election help Armin Laschet?



there is an important milestone coming up at the end of the week: At home in

North Rhine-Westphalia there


local election *


If the Christian Democrats of the SPD can take away mayor posts on Sunday, as in Düsseldorf, this should also pay into his account.


and the



emphatically staying out

of the dispute over the

CDU chairmanship


Behind closed doors, however, the Union sister can hear that



caught up


Merz and

that it is probably approaching the Prime Minister.

And the

candidacy for chancellor


Even earlier critics of Söders on the CDU side believe today that the 53-year-old has changed in the office of Prime Minister.



, too, it is said, thinks differently about him today than she did a few years ago.

Since he was one of the sharpest critics of their migration policy.

CDU: Time is running out - will the CDU crown its candidate for chancellor at the party congress?

Some in the

Union are

calling for the

K question to be

resolved quickly


CDU Vice Thomas Strobl,

for example, advertised in “Bild” for a “decision in the time frame of the

CDU party congress

” and warned: “A month-long hanging game doesn't help anyone, only the political opponents.” However, the CDU is initially concerned with a lot More fundamental question: Can

a new chairman even be elected

because of



On September 14th, the day after the

NRW election

, the party executive committee should decide.

The aim is to hold on to the meeting of 1001 delegates.

The party congress could take place on December 4th or 5th, in a scaled-down form.

Alternatives are also being planned, for example with even more digital formats. But even if there were a change in the party law by then that would allow elections via video conference - this variant is

considered unlikely

in the


. On the one hand, there is a great fear of being challenged. On the other hand, the three candidates absolutely want a face-to-face meeting. Because of the symbolic power of the pictures of a jubilant party congress.

Jörg Blank * is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital-Redkationsnetzes

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2020-09-07

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