CDU faction leader Hagel threatens Max Otte with expulsion from the party
Created: 01/25/2022, 11:00 am
Max Otte, German-American economist, recorded in an ARD talk show.
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Baden-Württemberg's CDU parliamentary group leader, Manuel Hagel, has threatened the head of the conservative value union, Max Otte, with expulsion from the CDU because he was nominated by the AfD as a candidate for the office of Federal President.
"Enough is enough," Hagel told the German Press Agency in Stuttgart on Tuesday.
"Max Otte doesn't even have to think about the nomination of the AfD.
Stuttgart/Berlin - When dealing with rights, only determination counts." Hagel emphasized: "For me, Otte no longer has any place in the CDU.
For Christian Democrats there is no interaction or cooperation with this force.
Either he goes voluntarily or a party exclusion procedure must follow.”
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The economist Max Otte had previously not ruled out running for the AfD for the office of Federal President.
The federal executive board and the state heads of the AfD had spoken out in favor of the head of the union of values as an applicant, as confirmed by party vice Stephan Brandner.
The Union of Values, which claims to have around 4,000 members, sees itself as representing the conservative current in the Union, but is not an official party organization.
Internal critics have long accused Otte of wanting to move the Union of Values to the right and open it to the AfD.