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Guttenberg from watscht Söder with the frying pan

The former CSU-light form attacks the Bavarian Minister-President, in an Interview, and calls into question its Suitability as party leader.

Sebastian Beck and Lisa Quickly

On Monday, saw it in the meeting of the CSU Board, as if the party would drift off a week before Christmas, the mulled wine, bliss. Unanimously, the management Board Markus Söder had been nominated as a candidate for the party presidency. The outgoing chief Horst Seehofer promised that he would, at the Congress on 19. January not a "wisecracking appearance know." Söder announced that the CSU will develop in the future, "intellectual debates to a greater Depth". On Tuesday and Wednesday, then placed Karl-Theodor zu doling out Guttenberg in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Kleine Zeitung in Austria, Interviews, remind hard-to-Bud-Spencer-movies, where the movie hero with the frying pan clip around the ears.

Guttenbergs Statements about Söder are so full of meanness, not to say contempt, as they came from the SPD and the Greens - and not of the CSU-light shape Guttenberg, flying occasionally to the party, give a speech about big things cosmopolitanism. The basic tenor of the Interviews is that Söder as party Chairman was in every respect totally unfit. From the point of view of the TRANS-atlantikers Guttenberg, he is a provincial figure, there is a lack of many things. The not reads like this: "It's not enough to work around the issue of Migration with a heavy-handed rhetoric, a new Chairman must also embody the national and international Dimension of the issue." In this style it goes on.

empathy, has not been in the past 20 years, the most outstanding feature of Söders. To him, there is a lack of competence in Foreign and security policy, in the major European capitals Söder haven't developed a "large presence". If that does not change, the threat of party regionalisation. A fair competition for the party leadership, etches Guttenberg, "that would also be good for the CSU". But it seems to be in the CSU already too late, as the Board noted on Monday behind Söder. Own ambitions to make a Comeback from the castle Guttenberg again, although it could be after his rare appearances of the opinion that he himself may not for a light form, but at least for a very large lamp. So, for one who could, if he wanted to just months or years after the plagiarism scandal around his doctoral thesis.

With his criticism of Guttenberg meets but quite the sore spot of the party. A reasonably open and honest reappraisal of the disaster at the state election has not taken place in the CSU today. Prime Minister Söder should lead to a historically bad result in the future, the party can see as an ironic punchline. A long-term strategy let alone a Vision for Bavaria are clearly visible in the coalition government with the liberal voters. Also, Federal and European political Söder is not noticed so far.

Guttenberg put it for the Kleine Zeitung patronizing way: "The intellectual and international Format of a Franz Josef Strauss, or of a Theo Waigel Markus Söder has not yet reached." For Guttenberg, the times are likely to be smarter than the top checker of the CSU, with residence in Florida now over. Even if some in the party, perhaps as the content of law, the drastic Form of attack is more likely to use Söder. His potential rivals had considered Söder so far, with irony: "I did my PhD. And to keep it."

Söder is silent so far on the griddle attack, therefore, Hans-Peter Friedrich, CSU-district chief in Guttenbergs upper Franconian home, the official tone: "I am always pleased when the KT is committed to CSU, but the CSU does not divide, and certainly not now before Christmas." And Frederick tells: "Already at the beginning of his tenure as MP Söder has a political Format that some of his MP colleagues outshines far." Whom he means by this, of the Friedrich reveals.

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