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Question of power in the Berlin CDU : men's economy

"The capital is a female." With this set of Monika Grütters commented on the – then still relatively firmly in the saddle in November 2018, the choice of Hildegard Bentele to the top candidate of the Berlin CDU for the European elections. Both of them posed Arm-in-Arm, were pleased to have another country winning the women in the CDU. Half a year later, the Situation is completely different.

Grütters, by the against the proposal of the national Executive election held Benteles hard in the criticism, has stretched a few days after the candidacy of Kai Wegner for the country's presidency of the weapons and not to occur again for the Post. Bentele, who had taken their officially spontaneous candidacy, even then, a lot of evil, within his own party under severe pressure.

And the rest of the women in the CDU? Of them few don't look with worry on the upcoming change at the helm of the state Association. After all, it was Grütters, who had without the Statute, a fixed rate of a tripartite national Board of Directors – a nationwide, one-time process, to refer to the Grütters never get tired of.

a basis of Parity national Board of Directors, but only four female members

The other side of the coin: In the chamber of deputies group of women make up four out of the 31 members of the six Berlin Bundestag deputies of the CDU Grütters is the only woman. The twelve influential CDU district associations are exclusively led by men.

in Order to obtain, at least, with a view to the national Board of Directors the Status quo, a rams Edeltraud Töpfer, Chairman of the Berlin women's Union, already now the first stakes. "I will demand that the share of women is also, in the future, 50 per cent," she explains, and adds: "We want to not suffer a setback, and cannot be suffered."

Potter, who is running as a candidate yourself next Saturday again for the Post of the Chairman of the women's Union, makes it clear: "I expect that the clock will not be turned back." But such a relapse is to be expected under Kai Wegner at all? Last Friday, when the Challenger was placed on the side of the outgoing Grütters of the press, he said: "of Course, I would also like to that we are female, and stay."

The "female views on certain political topics is extremely important," said Wegner, and announced: "you will be surprised how many women are in the next country member of the Board." Contradiction of Grütters he earned for the statement, not the number of women in government Offices, but the "content-range of women" count.

Also the candidate of the CDU for the European elections, Hildegard Bentele, is under pressure.Photo: Joerg Carstensen/dpa

she recalled in the past between her and the heads of the district associations agreements for the integration of women. A lot of "friendly conversations", you must also lead, in the end the men prevailed. A process, Frank Steffel, the predecessor of the recently in Berlin-Reinickendorf, to the circle chairmen elected Frank Balzer, often had to watch.

"We've lost a lot of women in the party who have done us good"

"I've seen it several times, that women could not withstand the pressure of the men at the end. We have lost many women in the party, which us good, but with the elbows of the men around them could not handle,“ says Steffel. There are people "who can't deal with the lack of scruples in Parts of a party," added Steffel, referring to "sensitive, sensitive people," which "are often not willing to endure this part of the policy".

it was so tragic, because those "bring on the bandwidth in the party, we need to be successful. If you are not protected and promoted, we will lose these people,“ said Steffel.

With a view to the 18. May the upcoming Board election and the imminent leadership change in the party, he said: "The Situation is deliberately brought about, and will hurt us. At the end of independent, qualified personalities are pulling back and the party will need more than a decade to recover from this bloodletting.“

As a successor to Secretary-General Evers two women traded

Moreover, who will benefit from the upcoming change at the helm of the national Association and who will lose, are raging within the party wild speculation. Sure seems to: The acting and 2016 by Monika Grütters for the Post proposed by the Secretary-General Stefan Evers will lose his office. "I would advise him out of the Elevator of self-esteem", says a member of the party leadership.

As the successor of Evers Wegner is, in turn, have provided a woman. In this context, the name of Cornelia Seibeld from Steglitz-Zehlendorf to fall just like the of Christina Black from Neukölln. Even the choice of Christian Gräff seems possible, just as the top candidate from Burkard Dregger, the Wegner as a "strong candidate" to the conversation.

group chief Dregger would not comment on Monday. Sure, the Insider, and that her audience will lose to the country as Chairman of square 1 on the Bundestag's list, even if Wegner had declared on Friday, do you want to for this propose.

Mario Czaja brings to the game

meanwhile, for the first time, Mario Czaja, a former Senator for Social Affairs, and a member of the CDU parliamentary group in the house of representatives, reported to word. In his constituency-Newsletter in Marzahn-Hellersdorf selected Czaja published some "thoughts on the change of leadership".

in it, he writes, the CDU have recently "shown a special Form of culture" and was transferred to the candidacy of Wegner's in "an unfortunately familiar description of the points of dispute in the Public". With views of the looming change at the top of the national Association Czaja writes: "A final assessment of these processes is difficult, because the much-needed program and profile for the design of our city is, even for the Insider only in contours."

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The responsibility for the current Situation, the "many district associations in the West of the Brandenburg gate", the "inner party, the personnel squabbles" employees instead of "Worries and problem solutions according to Czaja". Czaja announced the Marzahn-Hellersdorf CDU will support a tougher confrontation with the red-red-green state government, but the dispute in his own party.

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