The loud loss of the representative of the ruling coalition CDU-CSU in the parliamentary elections in Germany sharply asked the parties what to do next and what steps to take to rectify the situation, return to the country’s leadership in the future.
There are growing calls in Berlin to speed up the appointment of a new leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the CDU. In particular, the Prime Minister of the Federal State of Germany Saarland Tobias Hans said before the opening of the meeting of the Presidium of the CDU on Tuesday, November 1, that he expected the next national congress of the party, which will take place no earlier than next year, to elect a new leader may be too late.
The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst, said that, in his opinion, “the sooner we reach a decision on this, the sooner there will be clarity and certainty.” Both heads of government are due to run in next year’s land elections, Tobias Hans in March and Hendrik Wust in May.
Wust stressed: “The CDU was not created for self-employment, but to take care of people’s needs.” Hans, in turn, said: “It is unacceptable that on urgent issues that are not yet resolved, everything will be left to the discretion of the coalition” traffic light coalition. They need control. That is why the party congress is to take place this year. ” It sounds ambitious, says the German publication, but feasible. “First of all, it means that individual interests are now in order and that the party comes first.” We still need to find a team that would be ready to lead the party in a difficult situation.
Poll of party members to determine the successor of Armin Lashet
About five weeks after the CDU-CSU coalition’s defeat in the Bundestag elections, the CDU party intends to begin a reshuffle at a special meeting of the presidium and the Federal Executive Committee. After the historically lowest result of the coalition at 24.1 percent, CDU chairman Armin Lashet is resigning again, from which he was elected only in January this year. The party’s leadership intends to conduct a survey of CDU members to determine Lachet’s successor. The conference of land heads of the party voted for this by an absolute majority of votes on Saturday, October 30, this year. Now it is necessary to determine the exact procedure for electing a new party leader and deadlines.
So far, no leading CDU politician has registered for the post of party chairman as a candidate, the German newspaper notes. In particular, there is evidence that the current ambitions of the former leader of the parliamentary faction of the CDU-CSU coalition Friedrich Merz, foreign policy politician Norbert Röttgen and the current Federal Minister of Health Jens Jens Spahn. Also promising candidates are economic politician Carsten Linnemann and the leader of the parliamentary faction of the coalition Ralph Brinkhaus. The results of the CDU members’ poll must be approved by the federal party congress, which is required by current German law.
CDU on the way to the “modern party”
CDU Deputy Chairman Julia Klöckner sees the poll as an opportunity for the CDU. At the opening of the presidium meeting, she stated that the CDU is on the way to defining itself as a “modern and basic party. Julia Klekner believes that “if there are several candidates in the poll of party members for the CDU leader, the losers will no longer take part in the elections at the party congress.
At the same time, Klekner stressed that “we have not only personnel problems, but also semantic issues regarding positioning.” After 16 years of rule, it is clear that “there is a turning point when we must show ourselves differently.”
After the parliamentary elections, the formation of the new composition of the Bundestag and the Federal Government of Germany, the political spectrum of Germany is predictably reformatted and acquires new shapes. Germany’s leading political players are changing positions in government. However, how these changes will affect Germany’s national course, and whether they will affect it in general, will become clear later. It is most likely that Germany will remain an influential player in the European Union and in NATO’s plans, maintaining traditional priorities in economic areas and the stability of living standards for ordinary Germans. The climate aspirations of the new government and the imitation of the fight against technological projects such as Nord Stream-2 are likely to take on new manifestations. However, a change in the composition of the governing coalition will not radically affect its foreign policy. It is not advisable to expect significant changes in Germany’s policy in favor of Ukraine and the tightening of sanctions policy against Russia.