CDU: Friedrich Merz does not want to run again in the party congress vote and calls for basic participation

Bundestag election Laschet succession

In the late evening, Friedrich Merz becomes clear

Friedrich Merz in the ZDF program

Friedrich Merz in the ZDF program “maybrit illner”

Source: ZDF / Svea Pietschmann

“A party’s management bodies can decide once against the will of the grassroots, but not two or three times,” tweeted Friedrich Merz. On ZDF he says that he is not interested in voting at a party conference. One thing will now change in the CDU.

DAccording to his own statements, the former Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz has not yet decided whether he will run again for the CDU party chairmanship. However, he ruled out a renewed candidacy in a fight vote at a federal party conference on Thursday evening in the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”.

“Whether or not I will run for party chairmanship again is a question that I have not finally dealt with,” said Merz. “I rule out one thing: I will not go into a controversial vote at a federal party congress again.”

Merz had recently run for chairmanship twice at CDU federal party conferences and was defeated twice – first in 2018 against Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, then against Armin Laschet at the beginning of this year.

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Right, “that we are talking about membership participation”

He welcomed the fact that CDU boss Armin Laschet is striving for a consensus solution when it comes to reorganizing the CDU. “The question of how we include the base – our 400,000 members – in this decision is an open question,” said Merz. He thinks it is right “that we are talking about membership participation”.

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Late in the evening, Friedrich Merz was not only evident on television. He also made it clear on Twitter what the popular economic politician among the party base now definitely does not want. “A party’s executive bodies can decide once against the will of the grassroots, but not two or three times,” wrote his team on the CDU politician’s account.

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CDU boss Laschet wants to propose a party congress to realign the CDU’s personnel after the historic election defeat. He said that on Thursday in Berlin. The personal realignment of the CDU – “from the chairman to the presidium to the federal executive committee” should now be tackled quickly. Laschet said that attempts should be made in the federal party to reach a consensus of all who are currently considered.

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