They were therefore three candidates to compete for the presidency of the CDU. It is therefore Armin Laschet who has just been chosen, this Saturday January 16, 2021, on the other side of the Rhine, to be at the head of the party of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands) . This party, created in 1945, refers to European Christian Democracy, that is, the center-right party in Germany. It is still in union with the Bavarian CSU, (Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern). This is why the conservatives in Germany are appointed by the CDU-CSU (Unionsparteien).
The CDU has known several chancellors such as Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel. The CDU heads the Länder of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Saxony, Saxe-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and in coalition in the governments of Baden-Württemberg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The last CDU president who succeeded Angela Merkel is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as “AKK”. She was seen as Angela Merkel’s runner-up, but “AKK” threw in the towel following political mistakes and electoral defeats a year ago. Today, less than eight months before the parliamentary elections, the CDU has elected its new president.
The political situation is very favorable to the CDU in Germany, and the polls show the CDU winning with 36% of the vote next September. He also thinks that in case of victory, the CDU could also rule with the German Greens.
They were three candidates, wanting to take over from AKK and especially Angela Merkel, the former physicist from the GDR and daughter of a pastor. Friedrich Merz, Norbert Röttgen and Armin Laschet, so it was Armin Laschet who won the CDU congress. A congress that was held at a distance because of the health crisis.
They were three men, all three Catholics, fathers of families and all three from the powerful Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, with the highest population density; the opposite of what Angela Merkel stood for. The German conservatives consider that these candidates represent a real refocusing for the CDU.
Born in 1955, Friedrich Merz is a businessman. He was first elected to the European Parliament from 1989 to 1994, then to the Bundestag (the German parliament) from 1994 to 2009 and chaired the CDU / CSU group there between 2000 and 2002. He is said to be “reactionary, ultraliberal” , and very opposed to Angela Merkel. And it was Angela Merkel who broke up in 2002.
Friedrich Merz had returned to the business world, where he quickly made a fortune, without forgetting to prepare for his return to German political life. 20 years later, it’s done … Here he is, without forgetting a thing about Angela Merkel’s “ass kick”. For some, Friedrich Merz has no experience of power, and does not know how to run an election campaign, for others, he may be the man who will bring back disappointed voters who left for Alternativ für Deutschland, the nationalist party. But all agreed that he was waiting and refining his revenge against Angela Merkel.
Norbert Röttgen was born in 1965. Political analyst, he was elected federal deputy in 1994, then secretary general of the CDU / CSU group in the Bundestag in 2005, finally federal minister for the environment in 2009. In 2012, he was head of the list in the early regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia and obtained the worst result in the history of the party in the Land, hence his departure from the federal government. He was said to be unlikely to win, his 2012 election defeat still sticking to his skin.
Armin Laschet was born in 1961. A journalist, he joined the CDU at the age of 18. His first election was in 1989 as city councilor of Aachen. Then, elected to the Bundestag in 1994, then to the European Parliament in 1999, to resign in 2005, becoming Minister of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In 2012, Armin Laschet was elected president of the Christian Democratic Union in the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia to win the 2017 regional elections there, giving German social democracy a very serious political setback. Finally, he becomes Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, a Land which weighs very heavily in Germany.
Armin Laschet has the reputation of knowing how to win elections. What he has just demonstrated. Very close to the German Greens, he proved to be the ideal candidate for the September 2021 elections, where a CDU-Green coalition would be expected. His big problem is that he is not very popular, despite a very political sense of compromise.
Everything will be decided on this weekend concerning the presidency of the CDU, and who knows if the future president of the CDU could also become the future German chancellor. But the conservatives are far-sighted in the face of the September 2021 meeting and also reserve two other candidates “just in case”… The Bavarian Markus Söder, 54, member of the CSU and current Minister-President of Bavaria, or the young Jens Spahn, 40, very popular today as Minister of Health in the Federal Government.
For now, nothing has been done, it will be a fight between the “Merkeliens” and those who would like to turn a page of 16 years of power of Agela Merkel that we gave lost a year ago, and who rose to its firmament, a fine end of career for the unknown of November 9, 1989.