Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German government are often lacking in courage, dynamism and speed in the view of CDU Vice Armin Laschet. „Today the French President makes suggestions, it takes us too long to react,“ said the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia at the Munich Security Conference today.
As in Helmut Kohl’s chancellorship, Germany must again develop major initiatives for Europe and promote its implementation. The black and red government had written the motto „A new start for Europe“ about its coalition agreement, „but so far it has not been noticed that much“.
Promising candidate for CDU chairmanship
After the Brexit, Germany must also take on more financial responsibility in Europe, emphasized Laschet, who is currently one of the most promising candidates for the CDU chairmanship in the Union and thus also for the Union’s next candidate for chancellor. He was certain that this opinion on financial responsibility was largely supported in the CDU.
For example, the European Union had to overcome national solutions in the areas of internal security and foreign and climate policy. „The EU will only be taken seriously if it speaks with one voice, that will also cost more money,“ said Laschet.