German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ambitions of the CDU-politician Friedrich Merz to the position of Minister issued a denial. "The Chancellor is not planning any Cabinet reshuffle," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Wednesday to a question. Merz was a candidate for the Federal presidency of the CDU, and thus the successor to Merkel on this Post, was at the party the beginning of December, but close to its competitor Kramp-Karrenbauer Annegret failed.
The former Union Leader was particularly supported by the CDU business wing and conservative circles. On Tuesday, Merz had the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" that he wants to return to politics. On the question of whether a Minister would be out of the question, he said: "in such A position I would trust me because of my experience in the economy and politics." At the same time, Merz noted: "This is but in my Hand, but that is a matter for the Chancellor."
economy Minister Peter Altmaier responded relaxing on Merz' Statements. "As a politician, you're used to it, that some would like to have the Job that you have yourself," said the CDU politician on Wednesday in Berlin. "I see, I think, not anxious, and I am not," he replied to a question whether he was scared of losing his Job.
Merz had, to his knowledge, neither a special Department called said that he wanted to be Minister, said Altmaier. He added: "all of This needs to be discussed in the competent Bodies." Governments would chancellors formed by coalitions, and the Federal government. "I am Minister of the economy, and I am with all my commitment," said Altmaier. He is regarded as a close Confidant of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).
Merz was the former Saarland Prime Minister and CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at the party Congress on 7. December put in a vote for the CDU presidency just below. Followers of Merz had brought the exchange into the Cabinet into the conversation.More about
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