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follow The CDU is more than 70 years old, you would think that it has given everything. But something like on Saturday, the Christian Democrats have experienced in their long history have never - in two respects. At half past one o'clock in the morning, on the edge of a dance floor, it was agreed, who is to become the new Secretary-General. And is also by far the youngest of the party had ever had.
For the first Time a Chairman of the young Union directly to the Secretary-General. Paul Ziemiak the man has to show for it otherwise, a CDU-conditions unusual biography. And the same on his first day in office, harsh criticism and bad gaffes plugging.
Even in his own Union, the JU, there are many immediately after the election maliziös that Ziemiak didn't completed his studies yet, and that he owes his new office a "dirty Deal" twist. Even worse, the charge of the Treasurer of the Association, of the economic wing of the Union. Writes on Facebook, Ziemiak was a "mistake". It was "incredible" that the new CDU leader make someone the Secretary-General, "has never earned with a down-to-earth working money" and "can have no reasonable conclusion". Ironically, Hermann Hesse, the Treasurer; he shows that not every new beginning is a magic inherent in it.
What happened? Late Friday afternoon, the previous General Secretary was elected Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer in a vote for the new CDU-Chairman. The party needed a new Secretary-General. And it was clear that the stock of Kramp cart Builder has to come against a candidate, Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn, to pacify the agitated party. In the past weeks there had been speculation that Kramp-Karrenbauer wanted to do in the event of your choice Ziemiak to your successor. The JU-chief, he is friends with Spahn, had denied such an agreement but always. And Kramp-Karrenbauer of the world is not said directly in front of the Congress on the question of whether you have met with Ziemiak a consultation: "no, that's true."
all The more surprising, then, was the Saturday. Kramp-Karrenbauer went to the Stand and revealed to the delegates that you've already asked shortly after Angela Merkel's announcement, the party Chairman, Ziemiak, whether he wanted to be your Secretary General. But at the time I rejected with reference to his friendship with Spahn, his political proximity to the Friedrich Merz and its origin from North Rhine-Westphalia. Merz and Spahn also come from North Rhine-Westphalia, Kramp-Karrenbauer Saar countries. "On the edge of the dance floor" of the delegates in the evening, in the night of Saturday, have you addressed Ziemiak but then again, said the new party Chairman - and to convince him.
that is Why they suggest it now. Ziemiak confirmed the procedure later. And there is so far no evidence that the story is true. Ziemiak even says that he voted neither in the first ballot in the runoff election for Kramp-karrenbauer. But because of the history of many of the delegates have doubts on the Version: not it Was clear that the coordination between Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz would be scarce - and that the Young Union is a power factor? Tried "AKK" with your offer to an important intra-party opponents before the election to their side?
In the camp of Spahn and Merz many say even without a Deal, the process therefore have an unpleasant Aftertaste. According to bad also the choice result of Ziemiak is then, and only 62.8 percent of the delegates to vote for him. Kramp-Karrenbauer had come in of their choice to the Secretary-General in February to almost 99 percent.As the JU-in-chief showed Ziemiak: Even without a degree, you can>listen to
Ziemiak started early to get involved in the young Union. In 2012, he was Westphalia state Chairman in North Rhine-as he was already head of the CDU Iserlohn, the city has nearly 100 000 inhabitants. In 2014, he prevailed in a vote to find a successor to Philipp Mißfelders as JU-Federal Chairman, also thanks to a furious speech. Since then, he is almost around the clock as the JU-in-chief. In 2017, he then moved in the Bundestag. He is married and has a son.
This Vita shows how outrageous the accusation is, Ziemiak was because of his lack of qualification, "a handle in the toilet". On Sunday, Hermann Hesse apologized for the word choice "in the matter," he reiterated his critique.
Ziemiak has proven since his election to the JU-chief more than clear that you can get without a degree a proper hearing. Ziemiak noticed in the past four years, with a variety of policy initiatives, usually along with Spahn and the Chairman of the Central Association, Carsten Linnemann.
So it was decided on the Federal party Congress in 2016, against the opposition of Angela Merkel to a request of the young Union, which again requires the introduction of the option obligation in the case of dual citizenship. When Congress 2015 Ziemiak was, in turn, together with Spahn and Linnemann, some tightening of refugee policy.
introduction of the pension with 63 - Ziemiaks point of view, an error
Also in the economic policy Ziemiak required regular corrections. In 2014, he fought at the Congress for the abolition of cold Progression in the tax law. And 2016, he even called for a "change of course" of the Federal government. "Instead of constantly new social projects" was now "focusing on economic development needed," he said. Merkel's government had ignited "a socio-political fireworks" - but now it was time to strengthen the economy. The introduction of the pension with 63, he described as an error. Instead, he called for the retirement to link the retirement age to life expectancy.
At the time of his first election to the JU-chief in September 2014 Ziemiak the CDU had promised to a youth Association that will act in a constructive way. Policy asset, a "balancing act between the willingness to compromise, and enforcement," he said at the time. He did not want to attack the Union peak all the time, but the listening of the JU.
he managed That then. And now it belongs to - all the critics in Spite of - even to the CDU-top.