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Closed meeting : CDU Federal Executive Board is preparing for an important election year

At the time of his retreat to the start of the year the CDU has advised the national Executive of the important election year of 2019, in addition to the European Parliament and also the country day in three Eastern German States are elected. The party standing in front of a "very challenging year", said General Secretary Paul Ziemiak to kick off on Sunday in Potsdam. The new party boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced to all migration policy measures for 2015 to the test.

The European elections was a "very, very important," said Kramp-Karrenbauer in the ARD program "report from Berlin". "It's a question of whether we get a Pro-European European Parliament capable of action." When choosing a strengthening of right-wing parties is expected. The top candidate of the European Conservatives Manfred Weber (CSU), on Monday, the guest at the Conclave.

The national Executive will lay with the development of a programme of work the right fundamentals for 2019, said Ziemiak. At the same time as European elections are on the 26th. May be required in several länder local elections, in the autumn of the citizens in the state of Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia, select new.

In the three Eastern States of Germany, the AfD is according to surveys, very strong and could bring the power structure to falter. The CDU has ruled out coalitions or "other similar forms of cooperation" with the AfD as well as with the left party.

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The Thuringian CDU land chief Mike Mohring reiterated its call for the introduction of a basic pension before the elections. Such a basic pension should be ten percent of the current basic security that is agreed upon in the coalition agreement of the CDU and the SPD. The words should now be followed by deeds, because "we want to recognize the life achievements of people who have worked for more than 35 years," said Mohring. There are "a lot of people in the East with broken employment histories", the need to find in the pension account.

Kramp-Karrenbauer said the CDU needed to be at the topic of "fast speech". At the same time, they expressed the "clear expectation" to the Federal government and the SPD-Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil, that this issue will be taken up.

Merz was the subject

the future integration of the in the election for party chairmanship just Kramp-Karrenbauer, the loser in the previous Union group leaders, Friedrich Merz, was the topic. Ziemiak stressed that the new CDU-Boss "in close contact" with Merz, the two had discussed the future role of the Ex-Union faction bosses. "I am pleased that he is on Board," said Ziemiak. It is a matter "that we look to the future together". In particular, about the economic and political profile of the Union should also be included, for which the followers of Merz were.

Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) said to the targeted employees of Merz, the Format will find", he will continue to remain a strong voice in the Union". A few days ago, Kramp announced-karrenbauer, Merz., a member of a group of Experts composed of representatives of business and science, who advises the party leader

To the migration policy announced "AKK" in the "world on Sunday" is a "Workshop" for February. "We will look at the entire immigration question of the protection of the external border on the asylum procedures, Integration from the point of view of effectiveness," she said. In the ARD, she added, some things can still function, "in consequence, in the case of return or in the rapidity of the proceedings".

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Brinkhaus, there is in this area, "still a lot of unsolved tasks," therefore, the CDU must look "forward". (AFP)

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