Berlin (dpa) – On this Monday evening at 6 p.m., the CDU federal board of directors wants to discuss the status and further procedure of the Union’s candidacy for chancellor in a special digital session.
“I will propose to the federal board of directors how we can now very quickly resolve the unresolved issue between the CDU and CSU,” announced party chairman Armin Laschet. He hopes that the necessary decisions will be made “very soon” this week.
“I think we need to talk a lot at the moment, which is why I invited Markus Söder to participate in this meeting,” continued Laschet. Conversely, he was ready to go to the CSU board. “We have to talk a lot these days, because the aim is for the Union to win this Bundestag election. And that is only possible with a lot of togetherness and a lot of common contact, with a common election program and a common person as candidate for chancellor. “
For eight days, Laschet and Söder had an open dispute over which of them should lead the Union as a candidate for chancellor in the federal elections in September. Recently, a three and a half hour conversation in Berlin last night failed to reach agreement.
The CSU management would like to briefly discuss the state of affairs and the next steps in the presidium. At 2 p.m. Söder and Secretary-General Markus Blume plan to give a press conference.
The Union is under maximum pressure five months before the general election, not only because of the internal consequences of the dispute. In addition, the Greens – the strongest force behind the Union according to recent polls – presented party leader Annalena Baerbock on Monday as their candidate for chancellor. Immediately after being nominated for the Union power struggle, she said: Given the current challenges, it is worrying if a ruling party “gets into this hesitation,” Baerbock said. She wishes “Mr Laschet and Mr Söder to come to a joint decision”.
It has long been clear that Olaf Scholz will be standing for the SPD. Only the Union, which has been Chancellor Angela Merkel for almost 16 years, has not yet decided on this change due to the internal dispute.
Shortly before the meeting on Sunday evening, the Junge Union had supported Söder by a large majority, increasing the pressure on Laschet. “The two candidates had enough time to reach a decision. This has not happened and now we are forced to position ourselves. This happened with a clear majority for Markus Söder, ”said JU boss Tilman Kuban. At the conference of the heads of state of the GO, 14 of the 18 state presidents spoke out in favor of Söder.
Should the Bavarian prime minister eventually prevail, Laschet would be badly hit just three months after his election as CDU chief.