Before the CDU party congress in Leipzig, party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer admitted that her party is currently going through a „difficult phase“. The current situation of the party, in the chancellorship and party chairmanship in different hands bring „unrest with it,“ Kramp-Karrenbauer said yesterday evening in the „Tagesthemen“ interview.
„Not a very simple year“
The party must be further developed in the future „also by the personnel width“, said the CDU boss further. Referring to her previous record as party leader, Kramp-Karrenbauer said it was „not a very simple year, indeed“.
However, she was „a confident leader“.That would not be her if she „would not give room for discussion and strong members,“ said Kramp-Karrenbauer, which faces some severe internal criticism. Everyone, „who is ambitious in the sense of, he wants to make the CDU even better, make even more successful, is very welcome to me,“ added the CDU boss.
Merz speech could bring confrontation
In view of a possible confrontation between Kramp-Karrenbauer and ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz prevailed before the party unrest in the CDU. Merz, who gives a speech at the party congress, has indeed announced that he would not want to stimulate discussions on personnel matters. At the same time, however, he criticized the basic pension compromise of the Grand Coalition.
Merz was almost inferior to Kramp-Karrenbauer almost a year ago in the race for the party presidency. His criticism of the state of the CDU and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) nourished speculation that Merz aspire to the chancellor’s candidacy.
On the question of Chancellor Kramp-Karrenbauer said in the „Tagesthemen“, their goal is to clarify this at the party conference in 2020. The Junge Union has other ideas in this regard, but she is sure that now „the majority of the party congress“ will follow her on their way.