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Neither chancellor nor CDU boss? Survey disaster for Merz and Co. - the result strengthens a spicy mind game


Laschet, Merz and Röttgen argue about the CDU chairmanship. But the audience seems to be indifferent. A new survey gives impetus to a mind game.

Laschet, Merz and Röttgen argue about the CDU chairmanship.

But the audience seems to be indifferent.

A new survey gives impetus to a mind game.

  • On Saturday (October 17th) the struggle for the leadership of the CDU officially began - with a "triell" between Laschet, Merz and Röttgen.

  • But a recently conducted survey leaves all three candidates in the rain.

    Instead, two other politicians are in focus.

  • There is also a dispute over the CDU party congress in December.

    How Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's successor will be chosen seems open again.


- On Saturday, the three

CDU chancellor candidates


a direct "Triell" for the first time.

It is still open who found the Christian Democratic base most convincing - but a



over the


provides new insights into the starting position.

Ironically, it gives a special model that was debated in summer.

And is to be assessed as the next small punishment for the three candidates ...

Merz, Laschet, Röttgen - the survey provides completely different favorites for the CDU chairmanship

According to

the survey,

Health Minister Jens Spahn

would have

good cards with the citizens as CDU chairman, but less good cards as the Union's candidate for chancellor.

In the survey conducted by the Kantar Institute for the

Funke media group

, 22 percent said they were most likely to trust Spahn to become a good CDU boss.

However, the 40-year-old does not even apply for the party chairmanship, but instead


in a

team with NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet *

- if


wins, Spahn will be deputy party leader.

For the "real" opponents, it looks a lot darker, although Spahn has recently come under fire.

Chancellor question: Merz and Co. still well behind Söder - is the “Crown Prince” model coming?

In the survey,

ex-Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz * was

19 percent

most likely to be a good CDU chairman, 17 percent named


and 8 percent named

foreign politician Norbert Röttgen

* be elected on December 4th at the CDU federal party conference in Stuttgart, which has been shortened to one day due to the Corona crisis.

It looks similarly bad for Laschet, Merz and Röttgen on the question of which Union politician is trusted to become a good Federal Chancellor.

In the Kantar survey,

CSU boss Markus Söder is

ahead with 34 percent, although the Bavarian Prime Minister repeatedly emphasizes that his place is in Bavaria.

Merz only got 12 percent, Spahn 8, Laschet 7 and Röttgen 5 percent.

The SPD acknowledged the situation with ridicule.

The competition between Messrs. Laschet, Merz and Röttgen shows again and again that most of the Union would like Spahn as party leader and Söder as candidate for chancellor.

And then Merkel is also there + Kramp-Karrenbauer acting chairwoman 😗

- Ralf Stegner (@Ralf_Stegner) October 18, 2020

In view of such polls,

another proposal had made

the rounds

in the summer

: Spahn could become party leader and Söder could leave the chancellorship, it was speculated at the time.

An idea that would be in line with current survey results.

However, both Spahn and Söder would have to leave their previous plans for this constellation.

Some companions do not rule this out for Söder.

CDU is looking for the party leader: Presidium rebels against previous plans - "politically not to mediate"

Another problem for the CDU could be the

party congress

at which the new boss is to be chosen.

Within the party, given the high number of corona infections, there are doubts about the presence format for the federal party conference in December.

"Politically, it cannot be conveyed that we meet for a party congress while the rest of the country has to stay at home," the




member of the party presidium

as saying


According to information from the


there are


in the

CDU executive committee

that consider a

parallel election at ten or more locations in Germany

to be possible, while the party


could meet with the candidates at one location.

The application speeches would then have

to be seen live at the other locations


video conference


At the same time, there are concerns as to whether such a procedure can be legally secure.

CDU party congress to choose new boss - digitally or in the stadium?

According to information from the


from the Presidium and Executive Board, a realistic option is currently to



party conference digitally

and to determine the new party chairman and board by postal vote.




a meeting in a


in an interview with the



The plans for the

party congress in Stuttgart

were last stuck to. By the end of the month, the party leadership wants to decide whether, when, where and how the election of a new chairman can be organized. The CDU party congress consists of

1001 delegates

. (

dpa / fn

) * is part of the Ippen digital network


Source: merkur

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