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Is Söder going into the next round against Laschet? CSU is now also recruiting members outside of Bavaria

2021-04-23T18:08:04.068Z

Chancellor candidate Laschet emerged victorious from the Union power struggle. But not all CDU / CSU supporters are enthusiastic yet. The news ticker.



Chancellor candidate Laschet emerged victorious from the Union power struggle.

But not all CDU / CSU supporters are enthusiastic yet.

The news ticker.

  • Armin Laschet * is the Union's candidate for chancellor.

    But the mood in the party base is depressed.

  • A member of parliament reports on events in WhatsApp groups

    (see first report).

  • The Prime Minister from Schleswig-Holstein criticizes the course of the past week

    (see update from April 21, 8:20 p.m.).

  • The news ticker is continuously updated.

Update from April 22, 3:17 p.m

.: After the lost power struggle of party leader Markus Söder for the

candidacy for chancellor, the

CSU is aggressively campaigning for party members outside of Bavaria. “Support Markus Söder? Possible with us! ”Wrote the Christian Socialists on their official Twitter account on Thursday. The CSU uses it to advertise its online membership. CSU General Secretary Markus Blume also welcomed a man from Schleswig-Holstein who, according to his own statements, became an online member as a "clear sign".

The Christian Socials obviously want to offer an outlet for everyone who would have preferred Söder as CDU boss Armin Laschet as a candidate for chancellor and who are disappointed by the decision of the CDU federal executive committee. A nationwide expansion of the CSU, either longed for or feared by some, is not associated with this digital membership - even if the demand for applications has "skyrocketed", as the CSU explains at the request of the dpa. However, due to the delayed recording and processing of the applications, it is not yet possible to give concrete figures. 

The Christian Socials started their online membership last year.

With an annual fee of 60 euros, it is 20 euros cheaper than full membership.

Online members do not have the right to vote or vote at meetings, nor can they run for CSU bodies or take part in local events.

Access to the internal member area, participation in digital events and digital party work is possible.

The first online member of the CSU was CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak last September - at that time the power struggle between Laschet and Söder was still a long way off.

Junge Union: campaigning together with Laschet - "Söder is needed"

Update from April 22nd, 12:57 p.m .:

After the decision in favor of CDU boss Armin Laschet, the Junge Union (JU) has spoken out in favor of the parent parties CDU and CSU in the power struggle for the candidacy for chancellor. It is now everyone's task to "reunite the Union community with Laschet and to ensure that there are no losers in the Union," said JU boss Tilman Kuban on Thursday at a joint online appearance for the regional chairman of the Junge Union Bayern, Christian Doleschal. With the majority of CSU boss Markus Söder, the JU supported another candidate - "but also always made it clear that we will go into the election campaign together with the CDU and CSU and the candidate for chancellor," said Kuban. It distinguishes Söder that he is ready to fight together for the Union. Söder is needed.



A certain gloomy mood is normal after such a competition, said Kuban. After the decision there were some withdrawals from the JU. He telephoned everyone and was able to convince some to remain a JU member. Doleschal thanked the CDU regional associations for their support for the Bavarian Prime Minister. “We accept the result. But the mood is not yet where it belongs. ”Now it is important that signals come from Laschet and the CDU headquarters so that the mood can be turned. Söder is a team player, he will support the CDU, as the entire CSU will do.

Update from April 21, 8:20 p.m.:

Schleswig-Holstein's Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) is sharply critical of the process of the Chancellor candidate freestyle. He

also shows himself

in an interview with

Die Welt

upset by meeting punctures: "It certainly wasn't our most professional week.

This also applies to the board meeting itself. If you can read in the live ticker what is being said in such a meeting, then that is a level of unprofessionalism that you cannot afford as a ruling party. "Something like this is an" unbelievably strategic one Disadvantage and a unique selling point that we absolutely have to put aside. ”In the end, however, he is convinced that Armin Laschet is the right candidate.

And he also gives a few reasons for this: “He is a politician who can inspire, bring people together and successfully form coalitions.

His heart beats for Europe.

And that is important for this office, ”says Günther.

K-question in the Union clarified: CSU boss Söder again assures Laschet of support

Update from April 21, 4:13 p.m.:

After the decision in favor of Armin Laschet as the Union's candidate for chancellor, CSU boss Markus Söder again stood behind the CDU chairman. In a CSU parliamentary group meeting in the state parliament on Wednesday, he had assured Laschet full support in the federal election campaign, according to participants. Söder spoke very conciliatory, it was said. He was very at peace with himself, said the CSU chairman. After his speech, Söder received exceptionally long applause from the MPs, reports the

dpa

.



Söder said the election result in Bavaria will now look different than if he had become a candidate. But the CDU result in North Rhine-Westphalia will be better - that will balance out overall. State parliamentary group leader Thomas Kreuzer emphasized, according to participants, that it was correct that Söder had made an offer. "Many people in Germany wanted that." Kreuzer emphasized that the CSU had deliberately refrained from supporting Söder by putting others down. He does not want to comment on what the CDU has done. According to the participants, Bavaria's Finance Minister Albert Füracker said that many people were of the opinion that one should take the best. Especially those who still had their political future ahead of them were in favor of Söder.

Armin Laschet as Chancellor candidate: Not very popular in the East - "Decision against the CDU base"

Update from April 21, 2:21 p.m.:

Armin Laschet still does not seem to get off well in the east of Germany.

Thuringia's CDU state chief Christian Hirte has rated the controversial decision of the CDU top as a "decision against the CDU base", said Hirte on Tuesday the

German press agency

in Erfurt.

He now assumes that Söder will support Laschet in the federal election campaign.

"We are now well advised to gather behind Armin Laschet and concentrate on the content," said Hirte.

The state elections in Thuringia take place on the same day as the federal election.

However, Hirte does not expect a big tailwind for the Thuringian state elections.

In the power struggle between Söder and Laschet, Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) was the first to express his preference for Söder.

At the special meeting of the CDU board, however, there was a contrary discussion between two East German CDU politicians about the mood in their countries, including Haseloff.

According to information from participants, Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister pointed to a large support of the party base for CSU leader Söder in the east.

He perceives a preference for him there, said Haseloff, who is said to have not personally voted for Söder.

The parliamentary group leader of the CDU in Brandenburg, Jan Redmann, then clearly stood up for CDU leader Armin Laschet as candidate for chancellor, reports the

dpa

.

+

The CDU chairman and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, gives a press conference in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus on the Union's candidate for chancellor.

(Archive)

© Michael Kappeler / dpa

Bundestag election in September: Political expert predicts an election debacle for the Union

Update from April 21, 12:43 p.m.:

The party researcher and author Albrecht von Lucke is critical of Laschet's candidacy for chancellor. It is a "huge mortgage for the Union," said von Lucke to the

Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung

. For the Union, he expects a significantly worse performance than in the 2017 federal election. “Due to a blatant failure of leadership, the CDU and CSU are foregoing the significantly better candidate Markus Söder, who has much stronger support than Armin Laschet among the entire population. In the state elections in Saxony-Anhalt on June 6th, the CDU would “have to pay for it with dramatic losses”.

The decision to select Laschet as candidate for chancellor could also help the AfD to a high.

The CDU in the east “rightly fears that with Laschet and his lax style, his lack of charisma and authority, it will lose a significant proportion of the vote to the right-wing populists,” Albrecht von Lucke told the

Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung

.

That will bring the AfD back on the offensive nationwide.

Armin Laschet as Chancellor candidate: A lot of criticism, but also congratulations from the party

Update from April 21, 12:31 p.m.:

There are many different reactions from the Union to Armin Laschet's victory. There is encouragement from Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others. "Congratulations, dear Armin Laschet, on your new job as the Union's candidate for chancellor," said Merkel in a statement that her spokesman Steffen Seibert published on Twitter on Tuesday. But not everyone in the party is happy with the election. There is a lot of criticism, especially from the CSU. "I'm disappointed because I think Markus Söder is the better candidate," said CSU City Councilor Kilian Sendner to

Bayerischer Rundfunk

. "I cannot understand the arrogance and irresponsibility of the CDU leadership," Sendner continued. According to the CSU city council, Söder was far ahead of Laschet in surveys. Sendner fears that it will be more difficult to mobilize members at the grassroots level in the upcoming election campaign.

In Thuringia, criticism of Laschet's candidacy also comes from other parties.

For example, the Left Country Leader Steffen Dittes said to the

MDR

Thuringia that the CDU drama about the candidacy for chancellor did not do the political establishment any good.

With Laschet it is also not clear which politics he stands for.

SPD country chief Georg Maier described the CDU process to clarify the chancellor's question as a catastrophe.

It is good that the dispute between Laschet and Söder is over.

In Maier's view, however, the Union remains divided.

The party is all about power.

The

MDR

reports that Armin Laschet has not yet heard of any program or ideas for the country

.

Chancellor candidate Laschet: In WhatsApp groups, fear should already bypass - "I'm stunned"

First report from April 21, 11.47 a.m.:

Berlin - It's decided. Armin Laschet is the Union's candidate for chancellor *. The CDU executive board has deliberately ignored the mood of the party base. A majority of the state and district associations would have preferred Markus Söder as a candidate for chancellor. In surveys among the population, the CSU boss Markus Söder was well ahead of his opponent Armin Laschet. Nevertheless, in the end it was decided in favor of Armin Laschet *, who was recently elected CDU leader. He is said to have made it clear on Monday that the CDU would not support a candidate for Chancellor Markus Söder.

Söder asked on Monday whether the CDU * would support him if the election fell on him.

Armin Laschet * is said to have answered with a clear “no”, reports the

picture

.

Laschet is said to have said that the CDU cannot, should and will not let the candidate for chancellor be taken out of their hands, pointing out the difficult situation of his party.

The present CSU delegation, which was next to CSU leader Markus Söder from Markus Blume and CSU party leader Alexander Dobrindt, could the reasoning of the CDU leaders to

image

-Information not understood.

Surely Laschet could not seriously argue with the weakness of his party in order to gain access to the candidacy for chancellor?

However, this question remained unanswered and in the end Markus Söder gave up.

Armin Laschet as Chancellor candidate: Is the division of the Union only just beginning now?

"In my opinion, that will cost the party dearly," said political scientist Albrecht von Lucke on Tuesday in the

ZDF-Heute

Journal.

He thought the decision of the CDU leadership to push Armin Laschet through, even though the party base was against it, was a mistake.

Now Armin Laschet has to reunite the Union after the power struggle.

But is it that simple?

The politicians from within their own ranks are very worried and would have simply wished for another candidate.

A member of parliament from northern Germany reported to

Focus Online

that fear was now going around in her WhatsApp groups. "Many already see black for their Bundestag mandate after the upcoming election," she continues. It looks similar in the CDU in Saxony. "I am stunned how the federal executive board could decide against the interests of the party base", the member of a district association is said to have said and at the same time asked to be allowed to remain anonymous. After all, the situation is "very heated at the moment". A somewhat more positive statement comes from Schleswig-Holstein, here too the majority of the base spoke up

for Markus Söder.

"I don't want to deny that many members would have wished for a different candidate for Chancellor, but we now have a representative democracy and that counts in the end," says the parliamentary manager of the CDU parliamentary group in Schleswig-Holstein, Hans-Jörn Arp, towards

Focus Online

.

Union crashes in Forsa survey - the Greens are now the strongest force


Following the decision of the Chancellor candidates by the Greens and the Union, a new survey shows a clear picture. With Annalena Baerbock and Armin Laschet as candidates for chancellor, the Union's Forsa polls have collapsed - the Greens, on the other hand, have seen a big plus. According to the so-called

RTL / ntv trend

barometer from the market and opinion institute Forsa, the political mood is changing in favor of the Greens. After the Union had chosen Armin Laschet as the top candidate on Tuesday, the Union fell by seven percentage points compared to the previous week (from 28 to 21 percent).

The decision to send Annalena Baerbock into the race for the Greens *, on the other hand, spurred the polls of her party. Compared to April 13, the Greens have gained five percentage points and with 28 percent they have now overtaken the Union and are in first place in the polls. The SPD * loses two percentage points and comes to 13 percent. The FDP * wins two, the Left * and the smaller parties win one percentage point each. Only at the AfD * did the polls remain unchanged. However, the journalist Theo Koll says on

ZDF

-Journal today that the survey results must be kept in mind that they may be a snapshot.

The survey was shaped by the perceptions of the last week, when there was a power struggle in the Union * and a peaceful decision by the Greens.

Nevertheless, it is a signal and perhaps also a wake-up call to the Union.

(dp) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

List of rubric lists: © Kay Nietfeld

Source: merkur

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