The first planning meeting for the European election programme of the CDU and the CSU was actually a thoroughly enjoyable date. For the first Time, the Union of the sisters pull together in the election campaign – a program, a candidate. CSU-Mann, Manfred Weber is on top of that, the top candidate of all the members of the European people's party (EPP).
it is exactly this circumstance, the mood in the Konrad-Adenauer clouded this week. For Weber, a very special EPP member is always more to the Problem: The Hungarian head of government Viktor Orban leads a hate-campaign against the EU.
attacks on Juncker
it is, but Orban no longer makes such shrill tones, that the practice hitherto followed of the nervous Weghörens works. Provisional culmination of a series of posters. To see the Orban to the enemy, said the U.S. billionaire George Soros and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. To read is that "Brussels" wanted "to weaken the law of the member States on border protection" and refugees, opening the door.daily mirror tomorrow location Free
Juncker responded resignedly to order-indignant: "Against lying, you can't proceed." But in a Christian democratic party family have to look Orban and his Fidesz party. And: "My friend Manfred Weber is also the question of whether he needs these votes at all."
there is a mathematical and a political response. Weber needs to be in order after a successful European election, a successor to Juncker, a majority in the European Parliament. The EPP alone is not enough. Foresee at least two other factions have to support the Germans. On the twelve Fidesz-members, calculate Weber's supporters, do not get it at all.
accomplices in the CSU
The bill makes Weber the political response, however, is not easier. This is due to some Bavarian party friends. In front of just one year as party leader Horst Seehofer and country group leader Alexander Dobrindt called the Hungary smiling broadly as a guest of the retreat in the monastery of Seeon welcome. On the group photos also Weber to see how he did reluctantly put on a good face to the accomplice-game.
But as the EPP-group-in-chief he tried was also always the man, the Orban and his crew. The motif is from Brussels and Strasbourg point of view, is quite understandable: If the EPP would have to fire the Fidesz felt that for the Moment may be good, it also strengthens the camp of the national populists in France, Marie Le Pen up in Italy, Matteo Salvini, and is driving forward the division of Europe. In fact, neither Orban had today in the Council of the heads of state and heads of government still be a dozen Faithful in the Parliament significant influence on European policy, argued Weber's supporters. So, it is better to neutralize it by integration.
top candidate Weber in the case
But now, Orban threatened to get even very massive influence on Weber's campaign. Like the look, have outlined the top candidate and the party leaders Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Markus Söder recently in an essay in the FAZ. "We stand against the enemies of Europe", was the Heading, in the Text of the speech was Radical, "nationalism ... stir up".
This program is not compatible, obviously, with Orban's campaign. Weber is clear that the two party guides. In Munich, a reaction shall be considered to be in Berlin, it is said, "in the Moment" keep you feet still. The Chancellor shall, for the time being behind the head of the European Commission: "I can only tell you so much, Jean-Claude Juncker has my full solidarity," assures Angela Merkel on Thursday.
The replaced no reaction of the candidate. Only it is not so easy. Signals, understand the only policy junkies, as a counter-poison to weak. Who has already noticed that Weber has been voted as the only EVPler for the rule of law procedures of the EU against Hungary? The clearer the CSU-man positioned against Orban, the more he provokes the question of why the EPP does not tolerate the man.More about
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As he's in power, it may be wrong. Weber has a similar case as in Merkel's last election to the Bundestag fight drove fixed-threatening. The AfD came in 2017, the Chancellor of their topics, could Orban and the question of how he deals with the evil party, friend, poison, Weber's campaign. After all, one thing seems clear: If the CSU invites you to the election campaign, the completion of a dozen fellow EU heads of state and government, after Munich, the Hungarian in Bavaria welcome.