For 18 years she had Angela Dorothea Merkel as president of the CDU. Then, in February 2018, he was hired as general secretary of the party. And now, only nine months later, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer must suddenly stand out from an excessive mother whose word was still law in the party, in government, in Europe a few weeks ago. The 56-year-old is tackling the trick with all seriousness. "Have you ever argued with Angela Merkel?", Maybrit Illner wants to know about the CDU secretary general, who now wants to inherit Angela Merkel as party leader. And just Kramp-Karrenbauer has eliminated the ever-polite political manager Merkel as a screaming boss. "Oh yes," is the answer, "it can also be extremely loud on the phone!"
The other candidate? "Friedrich Merz. With & # 39; e & # 39 ;."
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer points her fingers on this other side of Angela Merkel. "What would you do differently?" Asks Illner. And immediately Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks of a different culture of discussion, which he would like to establish as president of his party. The candies suck with gratitude many in the party. In any case, the support of the Secretary General seems to give her a great advantage within the party. Twelve contenders for the party president have so far raised their finger. To become a candidate, at least one district association must name it. Three names were fast at the top. Secretary General Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Minister of Health Jens Spahn. And the political pensioner Friedrich Merz, who brings enough self-irony to imagine after nine years, breaks like this: "My name is Friedrich Merz with & # 39; and & # 39 ;."
Twelve want to become the leaders of the CDU party. Only two can
Thursday's Maybrit Illner chat indicates the popularity numbers of this week. Within the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has a clear advantage. With 61% approval, it is ahead of Friedrich Merz with 54% and Jens Spahn defeated with 21%. Outside the Union, Merz has the leading position: from 38 to 27 percent compared to Kramp-Karrenbauer. But beware: first of all, this is the party that will elect its new president.
Visually, Kramp-Karrenbauer can already be chancellor
In terms of content, the general secretary stands out. Visually, he focuses on the symbolism of the colors of his head. For the black trousers, wear a red blazer. Only the gold chain is still missing to present itself as a chancellor in even the cameras. "Can the Chancellor?", Maybrit Illner wants to know from her. "I apply as head of the party", Kramp-Karrenbauer hesitates. And she pushes to the chancellor's question: "Fortunately, you decide that the voters are still".
If the Union wants to win the elections, Merz needs them – says the FDP
Wolfgang Kubicki, FDP, is there for his interests. If the CDU wants welfare, it will decide for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as president. If he wanted to win the election, he would become president of Friedrich Merz. "If you do not want to win the election," the FDP man adds mischievously: "I think it's nice too".
The GroKo discussed longer here on the most trivial
In the end, what we know from the Great Coalition happens: the longest discussion is on the smaller topics. "I as a homosexual," reports Juso chairman Kevin Kühnert about marriage so that everyone can speak. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer continues to reject it because she considers this conservative position, even against her own party. Ten party leaders have worn out the SPD in Merkel's era. As Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer states: "We have a situation that puts an end to" era ". Former SPD Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder publicly proclaims that he expects new elections in June 2019. There are exciting times.