SUTTGART / MAINZ (dpa-AFX) – The new CDU chairman Armin Laschet called for unity at two digital party conferences and warned urgently against a federal government made up of the SPD, the Left and the Greens. “This federal election is about the direction of the republic,” said Laschet on Saturday in Stuttgart at the state party conference of the CDU Baden-Württemberg. “I’m sure: if Red-Red-Green has a majority, they will do it.” It will depend on the CDU “that we keep the voters in the middle”. His goal in the federal election on September 26th was “35 percent plus X”. “That is only possible if we all stand together,” said Laschet at the Southwest CDU, which had supported Friedrich Merz by a majority in the election of the chairman.
A week ago, Laschet narrowly prevailed against Merz in the fight for the CDU top office. Of course, he knows that many in the Baden-Württemberg CDU are Merz fans. “I’m also a Friedrich Merz fan.” That’s why he wanted him there. The CDU needs Merz and those who have supported him.
The situation in Rhineland-Palatinate reminds him of the 2017 election in North Rhine-Westphalia – at that time, the CDU and the FDP replaced the government alliance of the SPD and the Greens. There is now a chance that the CDU will rule both in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, said the NRW Prime Minister at another CDU state event, a small party congress in Mainz. The CDU has been in opposition in the country for 30 years.
In Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, a new state parliament is elected on March 14th. In Rhineland-Palatinate, there is currently a coalition of the SPD, FDP and the Greens, in Baden-Württemberg one of the Greens and the CDU. The two votes are also of great importance for federal politics and are considered to point the way ahead of the federal election. In addition, the nomination of the candidate for chancellor by the CDU and CSU should then be due at the latest.
CSU boss Markus Söder told the Christian Democrats in Baden-Württemberg that he was working “great” with Laschet. “But it is also clear: Without the south, little is possible in Germany.” The south is Germany’s economic and technological engine – it should stay that way. He would be happy if the CDU were to lead the government in Baden-Württemberg again and then be in harmony with Bavaria. He compared the popular prime minister in the southwest, Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), with FC Bayern Munich: “Bayern Munich can also lose if you choose the right tactics and the right strategy.” Bayern Munich have been series champions in the Bundesliga for eight years.
In Stuttgart, Laschet visibly tried to convince the Southwest CDU of himself and his economic competence. He knows about the wishes of the strong family businesses, of which there are many in Baden-Württemberg. They said: “We don’t want any subsidies, we don’t want anything. We only have one request: leave us alone.” It is important to create freedom and not too many regulations. The Greens, on the other hand, often do not understand that technology and innovations are good things.
The two CDU regional associations decided on their election or government programs at the online party congresses. In the event of a takeover after the election on March 14th, Baden-Württemberg’s CDU wants to make more money for families, internal security and the expansion of the fast Internet. The CDU program in Rhineland-Palatinate outlines a “new start for Rhineland-Palatinate” and focuses primarily on education, economic and health policy. In Baden-Württemberg, Minister of Culture Susanne Eisenmann leads the CDU in the state elections, in Rhineland-Palatinate Christian Baldauf is the top candidate./poi/DP/nas