Trade union circles: Laschet and Söder in constructive exchange | Free press


Berlin / Munich (dpa) – There will be no end to the Union’s internal power struggle for the candidacy for chancellor. CDU boss Armin Laschet and CSU boss Markus Söder are in a constructive discussion with each other, the German news agency learned from Union circles on Friday evening.

But so far there has not been a final conversation. The CDU was informed in the evening that Laschet and Söder were “in good talks”. Details on the status of the deliberations initially remained open – as did when the decision should be taken.

While the two protagonists and competitors still did not comment publicly, a large number of CDU top politicians sided with Laschet on Friday. Essentially, however, they were the same people who had already backed Laschet in the presidency and board of directors on Monday.

“I am for Mr Laschet,” said Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the Bundestag and CDU Presidium in the SWR. Opinion polls cannot be decisive in deciding who will be the candidate for Chancellor of the Union. The Union “could hardly win elections without a strong, vital CDU,” he said.

In contrast, Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU), like Söder – like Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) of Saxony-Anhalt the day before – emphasized the importance of surveys for the decision. “It is absolutely clear that the question with whom you have the best chances in the elections must play a central role,” said Hans van de “Welt” (Saturday). Survey results alone should not be in the foreground. “But they do give an important indication of how you can position yourself in the election campaign.” Hans and Haseloff are also members of the executive committee.

Schäuble again rejected a vote in the Union’s parliamentary group. It is not up to them to decide who can become chancellor after the election. The parliamentary group is currently working on a decision on the K question next week if the opponents have not yet reached an agreement.

Regardless of Schäuble’s criticism, members of the Bundestag of the Union are collecting signatures to clarify the K question in the parliamentary group on Tuesday if necessary. The CDU MP from Baden-Württemberg, Gunther Krichbaum, who is compiling a list of such MPs, told the German news agency in Berlin on Friday that such a vote was “only plan B if the two presidents couldn’t find a decision”. Previously, various media, including the editorial network Germany, the “Welt” and the “Spiegel” reported on such signature campaigns.

Krichbaum declined to comment on the number of MPs on his list who signed up for a possible vote in the parliamentary group. Krichbaum is considered a supporter of Söder. A similar list had already been signed by about 70 CDU MPs last week.

On Tuesday, Laschet and Söder announced after a four-hour consultation in the group of the Union that they wanted to present a decision on the stalled K question by the end of the week. They left it open whether they meant Friday or the weekend. Within the Union, doubts grew on Friday that an agreement could still be expected this week. Last Sunday, Söder and Laschet declared they were ready to flee, and the highest party bodies gathered behind their respective party leaders.

While Söder and his supporters from the ranks of the CSU and CDU refer to the polls that are very positive for him, Laschet repeatedly emphasized that polls can change very quickly. At least this was not the case on Friday. Currently, 44 percent of German citizens and 72 percent of Union supporters consider Söder the more suitable candidate to lead the Union’s parties in the federal elections, as the German trend of the ARD “Morgenmagazin” (Friday) examined. by infratest dimap, showed.

In the ZDF Politbarometer of the Mannheim research group Wahlen, Söder also clearly has better values: 63 percent of all respondents and 84 percent of the CDU / CSU supporters consider the CSU chairman suitable for chancellor (no: 31 percent and 12 percent respectively ). ). Only 29 percent trust Armin Laschet in the office and 43 percent in their own ranks (no: 61 percent or 49 percent). He also stands behind SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz, who in the survey, 37 percent of all respondents, confirmed eligibility as chancellor (no: 53 percent) and even reached 76 percent in his own ranks.

In the ZDF survey, it seems interesting that despite the power struggle over the candidacy for chancellor, the Union is on the rise again in favor of the respondents. If there were federal elections next Sunday, the CDU and CSU would get 31 percent (plus 3), the SPD could count on 14 percent (minus 1), the AfD at 11 percent (minus 1), the FDP at 9 percent and 7 percent on the left, both unchanged. The Greens should give up two points at 21 percent.

A survey by the Insa polling institute for “Bild” (Friday) shows that the union can expect a candidate for Chancellor Laschet with 27 percent of the vote in the federal elections in September, while Söder is 38 percent.

However, several top CDU politicians have repeatedly stressed that polls around five months before the election cannot be relied upon. CDU Vice Jens Spahn emphasized on Deutschlandfunk on Friday that Laschet, as CDU chairman, was to him “the union’s natural candidate for chancellor”. In contrast, Digital State Minister Dorothee Bär (CSU) confirmed her support for Bavarian Prime Minister Söder. If you want to win, don’t “let the best sit on the couch,” she said.

Former CDU boss and defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer sharply criticized the power struggle in the Union. The debate causes them great concern and makes them sad, ”she told the German news agency. Germany needs a strong union in which the CDU and CSU treat each other with respect.