Bavarian M question: Aigner or Füracker as heirs of Söder? Free press


Munich (dpa) – The tension is now almost palpable in the Bavarian state parliament: will Markus Söder, against the expressed will of the CDU leadership, be the Union’s candidate for chancellor? Nothing is decided.

And yet within the CSU, in addition to the K question, the next question is already being discussed – the M question: who could inherit Söder as prime minister when the worst comes. Even if it were a few more steps and a few more months until then.

In essence, it would be: if Söder were to actually become the next Chancellor, a successor in the Landtag would have to be elected immediately, ie during the current term. The next state election is not until 2023. The decision would therefore lie with the government factions, which should vote for the new or the new by a majority – although the CSU, as the strongest faction, would of course propose the only right.

If you ask around the CSU, two names in particular come up: the chairman of the state parliament, Ilse Aigner, and the finance minister, Albert Füracker. Many MEPs say that a decision would be made between the two. State Chancellor Florian Herrmann, Home Secretary Joachim Herrmann and Construction Minister Kerstin Schreyer are also mentioned – but they are usually discarded for various reasons. So there were only Aigner and Füracker left.

Of course they don’t say anything themselves. Now it is all about the K question and then the Bundestag elections in the fall, which are so difficult for the Union, both discuss together.

Both are equally charged with the office of prime minister. What speaks for Aigner is that she is much better known to the population than the Finance Minister, who is hands-on but also likes to act unpretentiously in the background. MPs point to Aigner’s great sympathy among the population and that she fulfills her position as chair of the state parliament so well. In addition, the 56-year-old may refer to the government experience in Berlin and Munich, she was even once – formally – Deputy Prime Minister in Bavaria.

In addition, Aigner is the president of the largest CSU district association in Upper Bavaria. And by the way, she’s a woman too: for that reason alone, nothing gets past Aigner because she would then be the first female prime minister in the history of the Free State, some MPs say. In fact, the CSU and Söder have personally stated for years that they want to bring more women into political leadership positions – this would be the icing on the cake.

What, according to members of the state parliament, speaks in favor of Füracker is that he is a strategic political head who has been doing a very good job in the increasingly difficult finance department for years. As Secretary of the Treasury, the 53-year-old naturally has insight into all departments and departments – which is one of the reasons a move to the state chancellery wouldn’t be far off. Füracker is technically experienced and has a hand in hand, says a Member of Parliament. And anyway, he would then leave Söders: from finance minister to prime minister.

Like Aigner, Füracker is also the president of a large CSU district association, namely in the Upper Palatinate. And what’s more, Füracker is considered a close confidant of Söder. Söder probably prefers to see Füracker in the state chancellery than Aigner, says a CSU man. And even if the Treasury Secretary is not as widely known as Aigner, if he became prime minister, he would have two years to identify himself in the new office before the state elections.

The bottom line is that many in the CSU believe that Aigner would likely have greater ambitions for a successor to Söder than Füracker. The finance minister has said he has been “pushed out” for a long time, not only since Söder was running for chancellor.

So on Day X, it would depend on who really wants to – and whether they possibly come to an agreement. Otherwise, in case of doubt, a vote would have to be taken in the parliamentary group. And then – as usual with conflict votes – with an open outcome.