Friedrich Merz comments on the Chancellor's debate in the Union


eActually Friedrich Merz has no desire on Tuesday morning to comment on the discussion about the next chancellor candidate of the CDU / CSU. Merz has come to Cologne to dare the book of the SPD politician Jochen Ott with the title “Mehr Politik dare! How to save democracy from capitalism “. That's an exciting thing, because a few years ago Merz submitted a paper entitled “Carrying More Capitalism: Towards a Just Society”.

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Merz wants to talk about really big issues in Cologne, but “not about the Chancellor candidate of the Federal Republic of Germany at a time when we have no elections,” says Merz – then to say something to the statement by Ralph Brinkhaus. The chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group had convinced themselves at the weekend in conversation with the German Press Agency that CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is the next chancellor candidate of the Union. “That's a completely crazy discussion. Point, “says Merz in Cologne.

Merz also gets involved in another topic of internal discussion in Cologne. “I have a very general opinion on the subject of member surveys, and that's pretty negative.” In the CDU-Landesverband Baden-Württemberg you could see how deep member polls could split a party. And the SPD had no good experience with the instrument, says Merz with a view to the membership poll of the party presidency, out of which 1993 Rudolf Scharping with 40 percent of the votes won, while the other two candidates, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul and Gerhard Schröder came to 27 and 33 percent.

“What do you do with a primary vote, if there are not two candidates, but three?” Asks Merz on Tuesday at the book launch in Cologne. “Then make a second primary election, if the result was not unique? Or is the one who has got 40 percent and the other two 30? Well, there are so many problems, also for the following years, in there, I am not a friend of such primitive decisions, “emphasizes Merz. Party executive committees and delegates are there to assume representative responsibility for the entire party.

. (tagsToTranslate) Friedrich Merz (t) Jochen Ott (t) Ralph Brinkhaus (t) CDU (t) SPD (t) CSU (t) CDU / CSU parliamentary group


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