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CDU top meeting: Brinkhaus warns of a candidate for a fight - clear commitment to Merz


Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer asks Laschet, Merz and Röttgen for a critical discussion. Meanwhile, the internal CDU election campaign is taking shape. Update from September 28, 12.55 p.m.: At 1 p.m. there will be a meeting between Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer , Armin Laschet , Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus in Berlin . The topic of the meeting will certainly be the cour

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer asks Laschet, Merz and Röttgen for a critical discussion.

Meanwhile, the internal CDU election campaign is taking shape.

Update from September 28, 12.55 p.m.:

At 1 p.m. there will be

a meeting between

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer


Armin Laschet


Friedrich Merz


Norbert Röttgen

in the


in Berlin


The topic of the meeting will certainly be the course of the candidacies for the

CDU chairmanship


Previously, Union

parliamentary group leader

Ralph Brinkhaus

(CDU) had warned Zeit Online of the consequences of a candidate for a fight within the party.

"It's about Germany, not about parties or individual egos," said the 52-year-old.

CDU chairmanship: Brinkhaus warns of the consequences of a candidate for a fight - Eisenmann speaks out for Merz

Other parties define themselves through wings and their disputes.

The Union already has what it has in common in its name, ”he said.

“We want unity, especially in times of crisis,”



While the

parliamentary group chairman

urges unity, there are clear noises from the southwest of the Federal Republic.

Susanne Eisenmann

, who will be the top candidate for the


in the state elections in Baden-Württemberg in


, spoke out clearly in favor of

Friedrich Merz

in an interview with the FAZ



has no problems with Armin Laschet, but for

Friedrich Merz

his strong economic-political orientation speaks.

“One of its advantages is that it stands for more conservative solutions.

This is well received by citizens and entrepreneurs here in the south-west, "continues the 55-year-old.

Internal CDU election campaign picks up speed: "AKK" asks Laschet, Merz and Röttgen for a critical discussion

Update from September 28, 10:27 a.m.:

Is the



another acid test?

Ten weeks before the

party congress

and the election of the new party leader on

December 4th,

the situation in the power struggle within the CDU is still confusing.

While the “electoral successes” of last night are still being




, the three candidates who

would like to


CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will

meet again in the party headquarters

on Monday afternoon for the first time in a long time


Due to the

coronavirus pandemic

, there has been a "truce" so far, the

election campaign

was initially on hold.

In the


in Berlin, however,


wants to


the timetable for the planned election party conference in early December with the three applicants for her successor on Monday.

At around 1 p.m. she will be met by the

Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet

, the

ex-Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz

and the

foreign politician Norbert Röttgen


As the


reports, Secretary General Paul Ziemiak and the CDU Federal Managing Director Stefan Hennewig will also attend the meeting.

Internal CDU election campaign is picking up speed


Hessian Prime Minister


CDU Federal Vice-


Volker Bouffier

will also play a central role in the negotiations on Wednesday, as he recently very definitely


a decision on the




before the

CDU party congress



told the

Fuldaer Zeitung

that the new chairman had to hold the party together and have one.

Nevertheless: The race for the candidate for chancellor * is still open, so Bouffier.

Dear Volker #Bouffier, congratulations.

Germany's most experienced prime minister remains state chairman.

A good choice for @cdu_hessen and #Hessen.

- A. Kramp-Karrenbauer (@akk) September 26, 2020



it is therefore important to find the right balance today:






must rather go into a three-way battle in the election, but without weakening the


, themselves as politicians and the outgoing boss.

Martin Benninghoff from the FAZ


comments on the core problem of the


: “If three of them argue too much and the winner pulls into high party office damaged, a fourth candidate could finally be recommended for the post of Chancellor.

Of course, only if the Union calls in to pull the cart out of the mud. ”The fourth

CDU candidate for chancellor

is still

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder

- although he only stressed on Saturday that Bavaria always had priority for him .

Original message from September 27th: Berlin

- At some point Corona got in the way: In the spring, the

struggle for the CDU top was

in full swing.


Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz


Norbert Röttgen put

the election campaign on hold to fight the pandemic.

Now the showdown is approaching with great strides.

On Monday,

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer


her successor candidates for a critical discussion - and the date for a first duel between the three CDU lead wolves is now apparently.

Merz and Co. in the struggle for CDU leadership: First summit at AKK - JU plans first debate for October

Because on October 17th,


will get serious for

Laschet *

, Merz and Röttgen

: They will appear at the

Junge Union (JU)

online event “Pitch”

, as a JU spokesman

told the




at the weekend


The applicants would appear together at the JU event in Berlin, he said.

However, there is no audience on site - the event is digital because of the corona pandemic.

The exact procedure, for example with speeches or individual statements from the applicants, is still being coordinated.

As the JU spokesman went on to say, the members of the youth organization can vote for their favorites for two weeks after the discussion event.

"I consider the result of our member survey to be binding for my decision at the CDU * federal party conference in December and will carry the mood into the party," said

JU federal chairman Tilman Kuban of


Rheinische Post

on Saturday.

Laschet, Merz, Röttgen: Is the TV "Triell" coming?

For the time being, only one is on fire

Meanwhile, Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to discuss the further procedure with the three applicants on Monday afternoon until the party conference in December.

It should also be about the events in which the

candidates of the party base present


- even if the Junge Union has now apparently anticipated.

All three candidates should have "the same fair opportunities" to introduce themselves to the members, party circles said on Sunday.


TV “Triell”

also seems possible

: Kramp-Karrenbauer told the


that all CDU members should be able to get an objective picture of the candidates despite the corona pandemic.

A discussion format is therefore being considered.



had loudly



request for a TV debate

brought to the party congress in December.

According to the report, Laschet in particular was skeptical.

Röttgen *, however, was pleased on Twitter.

That is not surprising: Laschet and Merz had so far received significantly more limelight than Röttgen.

Merz was recently criticized for an interview.

I think the candidates should accept the @ARD_Press offer.

The members & voters want to know what the candidates are for.


It should make us proud to receive such an offer as @CDU.

We would break new ground as a party and demonstrate transparency.

- Norbert Röttgen (@n_roettgen) September 26, 2020

Closely linked to the CDU chairmanship is the question of who will be the Union's candidate for chancellor for the 2021 federal election.

CDU Vice Volker Bouffier

calls for

a clarification to be brought


before the party congress in December


"No matter who is running, you have to know whether you will also be candidate for Chancellor or not," he told the

Fuldaer Zeitung

on Saturday.

"At the same time, Markus Söder and the CSU have to decide how they see things."

CDU chairmanship: Söder continues to brake - even JU does not want to rush anything

JU chief Kuban rejected the move.

"At the beginning of December we will elect a new party leader in Stuttgart and then nominate a candidate for chancellor together with the CSU," he told the newspapers of the

Funke media group


"I think the end of March is still a good time for this - after the

state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate

." These are planned for March 14th.

CSU boss Söder

, who achieved very good scores in surveys of potential chancellor candidates, has so far rejected the candidate for chancellor.

He wants to stay in Bavaria, as he emphasized again at a virtual CSU party conference on Saturday.

Regarding the timing, he said that the CDU would first hold its party congress and “then we'll talk about the candidacy for chancellor”.

The CDU had "three great applicants" for the party chairmanship, said Söder.

He will “work well with everyone”.

NRW Prime Minister Laschet, ex-Union parliamentary group leader Merz and the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, Röttgen, are applying to succeed CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

At the

party conference in Stuttgart on December 4th,

the 1001 delegates will elect the new CDU chairman.


AFP / fn / dpa

) * is part of the Ippen-Digital network


Source: merkur

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