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A failed candidate for the party leadership : broad support in the CDU leadership for the integration of Merz

In the CDU leadership, there is broad support for further integration by Friedrich Merz in the party after its Failure in the election for party chairmanship. CDU Vice-Armin, and other members of the party Presidium languages on the Monday prior to the first session of the closest CDU-top with the new Chairman Kramp-karrenbauer from Annegret Laschet, Merz remains for the party actively.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who no longer had to run after the age of 18 years for the party chairmanship, took part in the discussions. She is a member of the CDU Presidium by virtue of their office.

At the meeting, it should include the political planning for the coming year, and the first preparations about the European elections at the end of may. To provide Information to the Public in connection Kramp wanted to abandon the cart Bauer: The otherwise, after such meetings, the usual press conference should not take place on Monday.

The new CDU-Chairman, and their inferior competitors Merz had agreed to a report, previously in a personal interview to further cooperation. Merz and Kramp-Karrenbauer had been agreed that the CDU had to be conducted in accordance with the vote at the party is now together again, reported the "Bild" relying on the environment of the two politicians. Merz offered his help, but stay engaged in business.

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The conversation took place according to "Bild" on Thursday in Kramp cart Builder's office and lasted for one and a half hours. At the end of January there should be a further Meeting. The third candidate for the CDU presidency, Jens Spahn, wool Merz will speak at the beginning of January. Kramp-Karrenbauer announced after their narrow victory at the party Congress, to talk with Merz.

In their meeting, the two agreed, according to the report, that is not any different opinion in the matter, in the future, a personnel issue was made. It was clear that the CDU need more debates and a broader thematic statement.

Merz said "visible

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Laschet remain" about the future integration of Merz: "It is important that the thoughts, the ideas put forward by Friedrich Merz, the agenda of the CDU. I hope that he remains visible.“ Merz had himself decided that he wanted to take on any party of function. "We have to respect that. But the issues, the economic issues we must address, and this is our task.“

The Deputy CDU leader and Prime Minister of Hesse, Volker Bouffier took a cautious approach to the question of what role should play Merz in the future of the CDU. He said, "Oh, let's see. That is a matter for the Chairman and by Mr Merz. I think in a good conversation.“

The Saxon Prime Minister, Michael Kretschmer called Merz, an important people for the CDU, "enjoys a lot of trust, especially in terms of economic policy a high degree of competence". Therefore, it is important that the CDU "in a common will, this country, now also in the day-to-day work is working together." This will had gone apart to the Congress in Hamburg.

Merz to represent party wings

The Thuringian CDU chief Mike Mohring said he think it is right that Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merz and the first Chairman-election former Minister of health, Jens Spahn in a new team wool. "This team wants the entire success in all things next year in the East. And all who are on Board can help.“ Merz, the CDU had wanted to-Chairman, and announced he will stand for the function. "If he's helping now, we're going to win next year's elections, the European elections and, above all, the elections in Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg, then that is very welcome. We are looking forward to it.“

in lower Saxony, the CDU-Chairman Bernd Althusmann said about Merz: "In whatever capacity he is available with advice and act to the side." The Sauerland was not a candidate for the CDU Board, "I wouldn't count him now as a flaw". The Bureau will set the roadmap for the next year and the European elections vorbespr. "I'm very optimistic. We are in something of a new composition and it will do us all good.“

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The Deputy CDU leader Julia Klöckner said they expect the new party Chairman with a view to their role in the party. "The party presidency and the Chancellery are no longer in a Hand, and that is, that the CDU has the Federal government now also has the Chance to be stronger, to make it clear, for what the CDU is pure." You know that Merz is willing to continue in the party mount, said Klöckner. About it it also give talks. "I think it's a big win, if just the wings that we have are represented in the CDU by prominent persons." (AFP, dpa)

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