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The CDU makes an election campaign – but without Merkel

If the German Christian Democrats begin today in Münster in their election campaign for the European Parliament, two things are new: the CDU-Chancellor Angela Merkel is missing on the stage. And CDU , and CSU appear demonstrative together – Yes, even with a common top candidate: Manfred Weber of the Bavarian CSU. Is flanked Weber, of the new chairmen of the two sister parties, by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) and Markus Söder (CSU).

Merkel was informed of your decision, Kramp-Karrenbauer, immediately after the transfer of power in last December: Since it was now party Chairman, will also occur in election campaigns as a representative of the CDU on the stage. An exception is the final rally of the European election campaign represents the end of may in Munich. There are other Christian-democratic leaders, such as the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian gather in addition to Merkel, however, Short.

Merkel herself is elected as Chancellor until 2021, a further candidacy has excluded them. In her Work as head of government, as it is called in the Chancellery, connect to you anyway with the party. And Kramp-Karrenbauer should get the opportunity to set yourself as free as possible from the "old Boss" as the new CDU Chairman in the scene.

the choice fighters in the Ost-CDU, look at Merkel already longer rather as a burden than as a driving force.

Merkel's decision affects not only the European election campaign, but also the upcoming parliamentary election campaigns in Bremen, Saxony, Brandenburg and Thuringia. With regard to the appearances in the East, attracts the native of East Germany, thus also the doctrine of unpleasant experiences during the Bundestag election campaign two years ago. In the Eastern part of the Chancellor of angry citizens and supporters of the Alternative for Germany had been screaming and systematically booed and low. Merkel had nothing to say and the insults stoically endure, but desire for more choice in the battle between Rostock and Dresden has not woken it up.

unlike in the West campaigner of the Ost-CDU, Merkel to look at anyway longer rather as a burden than as a driving force – despite their even after 14 years this book is still excellent popularity values. Kramp-Karrenbauer had, however, wished for more presence, Merkel is at least in the European election campaign.

Since the change of power at the CDU-top of their own popularity ratings have fallen sharply, which increased from Merkel. Kramp cart Builder's bear market is primarily a consequence of their strategy to bring with a distinctly conservative tones first, their intra-party opponents. Appearances of Merkel, as the follower of Kramp-Karrenbauer Yes, would have been able to balance the one-sided image in the election campaign, something.

new beginning with the CSU

Fully happy, Kramp-Karrenbauer over the shoulder-to-shoulder of the CDU and the CSU in the European election campaign. After the severe crisis of the two party sisters last summer, he is a visible sign of a credible new beginning. Manfred Weber is the first common top candidate at a European election at all. The CDU fell this concession to the CSU all the more easier, as Weber also the top candidate of the European people's party, the CDU and CSU members – and, therefore, Germany's candidate for the Post of the next European Commission President.

Weber but also of his political profile to the CDU, the CSU, and the critics unken in Bavaria. In any case, the low-Bayer is an outspoken friend of Europe, rather Christian and social-oriented than conservative. At the last European election of 2014, the CSU had made for and against Europe mood: with supporters like Weber and rabid critics such as Peter Gauweiler. The result of the Prevarication were heavy losses. This is not to repeat itself this time.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 26.04.2019, 21:14 Uhr

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