Laschet wants to stay in Berlin after federal elections | Free press


Düsseldorf (dpa) – Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet wants to stay in Berlin regardless of the outcome of the federal elections. “For me it is clear: my place is after the federal elections in Berlin,” said the CDU federal president of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.

“I want to become Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and will fight with all my strength for the Union to win the elections.” When asked if he would claim “a return ticket to Düsseldorf” in the event of a failure in the federal elections on September 26 so that he could continue to rule as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Laschet said, “Clearly no.”

In the interview, the 60-year-old left open whether he wanted to become the leader of the opposition in the Bundestag in the event of defeat. “Who will be what, when and how is decided by the party and the parliamentary group based on the votes of the voters.”

According to surveys, the Union is currently suffering enormous losses. The Greens have caught up with the Union in the ZDF “Politbarometer”. In the poll published Friday, they are 26 percent, just ahead of the CDU / CSU, which comes in at 25 percent.

Laschet had previously left it open whether he would run for the Bundestag. It is also unclear whether he is applying for a direct mandate from his CDU home association, Aachen. Under the North Rhine-Westphalia state constitution, if Laschet does not become chancellor, he cannot simply remain prime minister while accepting a mandate from the Bundestag. The Constitution says, “A member of the state government cannot be a member of the Bundestag or of the federal government at the same time.”

In view of Laschet’s candidacy for chancellor, a debate has broken out in the North Rhine-Westphalian CDU about the successor to the post of CDU head of state and prime minister. Should Laschet become chancellor, an interim prime minister would have to be installed in NRW until the 2022 state elections.

But first the NRW CDU is looking for a new state chairman. The NRW digital board of directors is meeting Monday evening and wants to make a decision on the date of the long-awaited state party conference. The question is whether the party congress should be held in the summer or only after the general election. “Many want to decide the leadership of the party at a party congress after the general election, as soon as the pandemic situation permits,” Laschet told the “FAZ”.

As the CDU Federal and Head of State, Prime Minister and candidate for Chancellor, he has now amassed a vast array of duties. NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU), a confidant of Laschet, is pushing for a speedy decision and amicable resolution on the leadership issue of the state CDU. “I hoped and is that there will be an agreement on the succession. Because candidacy and opposition and any related dispute would not be very intelligent, ”he told the” Rheinische Post “(Friday).

He also did not believe in further postponement of the decision, Reul emphasized. “(We) are unfortunately in a personnel debate. We are not going to stop them by postponing the party congress until the fall. ‘

Reul (68) is considered one of the candidates for Laschet’s successor as CDU head of state – as is NRW Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst (45). Wüst can count on, among other things, the support of the Junge Union, which had expressed its support. Wüst is also considered a possible successor to Laschet as prime minister.

In the board of the NRW-CDU there are several votes in favor of postponing the state party conference to October. Then there will be clearer options and facts for future party leadership. The NRW CDU wants to avoid an open power struggle after the heavy fight between Laschet and CSU boss Markus Söder for the candidacy for chancellor. Other voices in the CDU leadership argue for a rapid generational change in the party leadership and a decision before the summer holidays.