Successor of Merkel: Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz in runoff –

  • On Friday, the CDU elects its new president
  • Friedrich Merz, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Spahn are the favorites
  • One of them happens to Angela Merkel
  • For the CDU, the result of the elections is trending – especially because the winner will probably also be the new candidate for the Chancellor

Hamburg. Merz, Kramp-Karrenbauer, Spahn. Nothing annoys them CDU currently as much as these three names.

Angela Merkel had announced in October that she like CDU-Chairman will resign. On Friday 1001 delegates in Hamburg choose their successor. Friedrich Merz and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer are considered favorites, with a head-to-head competition scheduled. Jens Spahn, on the other hand, has almost no chance.

The election to the new head of the CDU is also crucial because Merkel's successor will probably be the new candidate for the party chancellor.

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Friday 7 December


The ballot is already a historic event: because it is the first time in the history of the CDU that there is an electoral run-off for the presidency of the party.


It will be extremely exciting. Friedrich Merz needed the second round of elections for the election of the new president of the CDU party 108 of the 157 votes that Jens Spahn could have brought. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer needs 50 of them.


The second scrutiny starts now. In a few minutes it will be clear who will succeed Angela Merkel: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer or Friedrich Merz.


The votes are counted: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer received the highest number of votes: 450 delegates voted for her, which is equivalent to 45 percent. But that's not enough, at least 500 votes are needed. The second place is Friedrich Merz, for him voted 392 delegates, which corresponds to 39 percent of the votes. The two candidates must go to the ballot. Jens Spahn managed to get a strong result with 157 votes (almost 16%), many expected a result in the one-digit percentage range.


The name of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is known to have quality of tongue twisters. Again and again it causes difficulties for delegates and commentators. "Anne-Kathrin Kramp …" commentator Heiner Bremer begins at the NTV television channel and starts again. And a delegate remains completely entangled in the question and answer session when he wants to ask Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer a question.


When is there a result of the election as the new president of the CDU party? Many people ask this question now. Because the result is not just for setting the trends of the CDU. The new president of the CDU party and successor to Angela Merkel would also be the new candidate for the Chancellor of the CDU.

The first round of elections is over, the votes are counted in these minutes. A first result is expected in the afternoon, probably within the next 30 minutes.


Embarrassing: Friedrich Merz has significantly exaggerated his speaking time. While Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Spahn kept the 20-minute limit, Merz almost doubled the time with 35 minutes.


The counting of votes starts now.




The first ballot begins, small "voting booths" are set up. Surprising: the delegates are advised not to take any selfie in the vote and maybe even post on social networks. "The secrecy of the vote also applies here, with professionalism we can bring this cleanly on stage."


Subject of abortion: a delegate wants to know how the three candidates are. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Friedrich Merz say something similar: information should be there, but not advertising. Jens Spahn has another answer: "Politicians should not decide where livable life starts or stops".


A question for all three candidates Friedrich Merz, Jens Spahn and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "Who would you like to nominate as Secretary General of the CDU when you will become president of the CDU?" A delegate asks. The answer will significantly influence your electoral decision.


Strange: so far, all questions are addressed exclusively to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.


Now the delegates ask questions to the three candidates.


What you have to leave Jens Spahn: get the biggest laugh from the audience. Funny is his speech to one, two places in reality. With respect to Friedrich Merz Spahn seems dynamic, he speaks with a firm voice, he seems convinced of what he has to say. Perhaps it is the best of the three speeches in Hamburg. In the end, he tears the rudder?


Now Jens Spahn faces his unique sales proposal: At 38 he is significantly younger than Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Friedrich Merz. Some in the party, he's too young to become president of the party – which says something about the CDU.

"I am happy with every member of the CDU who is older than 75. But we also need to think about young people under the age of 45 if we want to shape the future of Germany," says Jens Spahn.


Spahn has a joke up his sleeve: "I want to live in a country governed by the CDU in 2040" – a short break in art – "there was actually applause".


And yet he talks about his alleged lack of opportunity in the elections for the new president of the CDU. "I know the polls and reports, but I'm not running away," says Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is applauding.


Freedom in Germany is under pressure – from "moralists of the left" and other populists, as well as from religious fanatics. The CDU is about to preserve this freedom.


The future is the subject on which Jens Spahn focuses on his speech. He describes Germany of the future as he wishes: "I want to live in 2040 in a country where performance is useful, in which we are safe".


Now the third candidate Jens Spahn speaks. "I have heard a lot of advice: withdraw, you have no chance anyway", Spahn begins his speech. It is considered almost casual, many count on a head-to-head race between Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Friedrich Merz.

Spahn emphasizes his fighting spirit: "A good future needs ambition and enthusiasm for action and sometimes needs impatience." What we need is not "keeping up" and not "coming back" in the past, "says Spahn, referring to his competitor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is considered a Merkel copy by critics, and Friedrich Merz, the conservative reactionary.


Friedrich Merz's speech is over. He has the sweat on his forehead, it seems hard. There's a lot of applause – it's still hard to say what the atmosphere of the delegates is at the moment.


Now Friedrich Merz faces a delicate point: not a few believe that Angela Merkel can not be considered chancellor when Friedrich Merz will become the new president of the CDU party. "Many people say, okay, of course it works well, we have respect for state offices and we always have one thing: the country before the party," says Merz.

This certainly goes in the direction of some delegates who may be afraid of losing their seats in the event of new elections – and thus may tend to vote for candidate Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.


Friedrich Merz: "We must once again develop a healthy culture of debate around issues of fact, not of people." And further: "We must have a better feeling for the special situation of people in the states of East Germany." I would like to tell you: in particular, we do not leave the east of our country to populists of left and right, dear friends ". For this reason, Friedrich Merz collects the biggest applause in his speech.


Friedrich Merz's speech does not really turn on. On Twitter it is already a blasphemy:

14.30 pm:

"We trust people and we do not consider them in need of caregiving, on which the state must hold its guiding hand," says Friedrich Merz, and can therefore manifest his neoliberal attitude.


"We leave too many people alone with their problems," says Friedrich Merz. For example, when it comes to rent, pensions, security, but also when it comes to migration.


Now Merz is gradually making furrows. It works safer Even though things are getting better in the world, popular parties are losing their approval, says Friedrich Merz. "Populists are gaining more votes and many of our former voters see the Greens as a new political house."

Merz now probably arrives at the heart of his speech. "Obviously we can not get more votes from the AFD," says Merz, defining the "unbearable" state. "We therefore need a change of strategy to tackle problems and communicate with people in our country." There is a round of applause for this.


Friedrich Merz seems a little nervous at the beginning, stumbles. In terms of content, a statesman is offered: "We are one of the last in Europe, perhaps the last Christian popular party, and we have to stay that way."


Now he speaks Friedrich Merz. "This thirty-first congress of the party will go down in history, we salute Angela Merkel after 18 years, we are re-occupying this post and at the same time looking to the future, from this congress to send a signal of departure and renewal of the party" , who is considered a candidate for the new CDU presidency alongside Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as a favorite. Jens Spahn, meanwhile, has almost no chance.


Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has finished her speech. In the end, he clarified once again that something very different with critical voices will change: "We will have to separate ourselves from the usual things." There is certainly a strong applause and a bit of encouragement. Kramp-Karrenbauer spoke almost freely and without a teleprompter.


"I read a lot about what I am – Mini, copy, simple – keep it up & running", says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, reacting to critics who see Kramp-Karrenbauer as a Merkel copy without a profile. "I'm here as I am, I'm proud of this."

14.08 clock:

Last words of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in his speech: "Thank you, Angela, but now talk about the future". And again: "It does not matter who is elected: none of us will be the downfall of the CDU," says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.


In addition to greater digitization, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promises better salaries for nurses and higher pensions. "Performance must be useful again", he says – a saying that was actually known from the FDP.


Now it is a question of reducing bureaucracy. "It does not always have to be 100%, sometimes 90% is enough," says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. She is the first candidate to speak with the 1001 delegates before the election of the new president of the CDU. The other candidates, including Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn, will speak later – the order is in alphabetical order.


Now Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer makes digitalization the main theme in her candidature speech: she promises "5G to every can of milk".


"The CDU must become tomorrow's party", says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "Still today there are fears again. Even today, our political competitors are creating horror scenarios." Now he talks about the dangers of digitization and climate change: "These are all the dangers, but if you come to this, there's a 39; we are holding. "


Now the candidates speak in front of the delegates in Hamburg. The first to speak is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "Dear Angela, dear delegates, dear guests, this is a special day for me, one day I did not think about when I joined in 1981. 1981 was one of the best-selling books, which meant: The destiny of this land. A book that was an example of humor in Germany, since political contestants handled black painting. "The speech could also be flattered by Angela Merkel.


A gesture of goodbye: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has to dry her eyes after Angela Merkel's farewell address.


Surprising words: "It's the best", said only Horst Seehofer goodbye to Angela Merkel as president of the CDU.

"We will miss them a lot", said the head of the CSU Seehofer at the "Spiegel". Love the sympathy for Angela Merkel, regardless of the differences. "When you're finished as much as Angela Merkel and I, it's a bond, sometimes even affection.


AfD launched a poll on the succession of Angela Merkel as president of the CDU via Twitter – nearly 2,000 users have already participated. 46% believe that Merz will do the race.

For AfD Merz as head of the CDU it would be bad – because an ultra-conservative CDU president who sees criticism Multikulti robs the party from his profile.

1:00 pm:

Friedrich Merz is sure of the victory via Twitter:


At 2 pm candidates Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn will speak before the delegates.


Small sketch by Ursula von der Leyen and a journalist from the Phoenix television channel. He should tell her who will vote for the new CDU presidency elections, the journalist says. "Nice attempt", says von der Leyen, and, as expected, reveals nothing. "You can say it quietly", the journalist encourages – and von der Leyen gently whispers into the microphone: "Nice try"


Jan Böhmermann found Angela Merkel's speech, obviously, not very moving.


After almost ten minutes, the applause is then strangled. Now there is a gift for Angela Merkel. It is an original witness of the director Kent Nagano. He used the baton at the Beethoven concert for the G20 summit.


For seven minutes, the delegates applauded for Angela Merkel. So she answers again: "We still have a lot to do today," he says.

+++ Because Friday's AfD could become meaningless +++

But the applause goes on endlessly. The chancellor is visibly moved by her circumstances: so close to tears, Angela Merkel probably never saw her.


This is Angela Merkel's career:

  • Born in Hamburg in 1954
  • 1973-1978: physics study in Leipzig
  • 1978-1989: work at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry in East Berlin
  • 1990: enters the CDU
  • 1991-1994: Federal Minister for Women and Youth
  • Federal Minister of Environment from 1994 to 1998
  • From 2000 to 2018: president of the CDU
  • From 2005: Federal Chancellor


Highlight: Wolfgang Schäuble just touches a face, almost does not clap.

12.07 clock:

Bad side-shot of Juso's boss Kevin Kühnert against Jens Spahn. "& # 39; Jens Spahn led a great campaign, which beat Wacker, I'm really impressed with how he did it." Ursula von der Leyen over the age of 38. Maybe she then stuck it with a diligent beech, "he writes under the hashtag #dieseJungenleute.

Health Minister Jens Spahn is one of the candidates for the success of Angela Merkel – alongside Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Friedrich Merz. Spahn, however, is considered to have no chance.


Angela Merkel: "For 18 years, from the 2000 Party Congress in Essen until today, I was allowed to be president of the CDU, I was not born as a chancellor and not as head of the party. a great honor for me. "It was a pleasure. Thank you." And again there are rallies and applauses in Hamburg for Angela Merkel. Even after a few minutes the applause stops. Angela Merkel has tears in her eyes.


Angela Merkel arrives at the main point of her speech: "We Christian Democrats are different, but never out." We Christian Democrats do not hurry or kill anyone. "We Christian Democrats make no difference to the dignity of man." We Christian Democrats do not we lose ourselves in self-reflection, we serve the people of our country ".


Angela Merkel in her last historical speech as president of the CDU: "Our CDU is today a different party compared to the year 2000. The CDU is in 2018 a party that does not look to the past, but must look to the future. structures and new minds, but old values. "


"Why do our paths separate?", Asks Angela Merkel. "Of course, I do not need a party presidency for my connection with the CDU, and I'm also a federal chancellor" – there will be applause again for this.

The CDU should now be able to "adapt to the times after me." "So we can set the course for the future." Public servants should do everything for inner peace and community cohesion. "The result of my reflections you know today a new president."

11.43 clock:

Angela Merkel praises recent electoral successes: "Saarland: 40 percent, Schleswig-Holstein." And then he fires up against the opposition: "I only say North Rhine-Westphalia, red-green sent to the opposition, we were all this, the CDU, all in common, together we have the power to break the tendencies."

He says self-critically: "I know that I put your nerves to the test very often." Surprises applause.


Historic moment: Angela Merkel has opened for the last time a congress of the CDU party – after 18 years in office. She describes herself: "To the point: typical Merkel, dry bone."

The delegates greet her with standing ovation. Again and again, Merkel must stop: because there are always many applause.


Perhaps there is the mega surprise: from now on, it is still an hour to propose other candidates for the election to the president of the CDU. The registration form for proposals ends at 12.30.

11.07 clock:

The ZDF can see clairvoyance: the ZDF TV station has in an announcement for the show "And now?" Friedrich Merz has previously voted the winner of the election.

The purpose of the ZDF program is to find out what tasks will be addressed by Friedrich Merz as the new head. "How do you want to create the union and win back the lost voters?", Reads on the ZDF website. In the meantime the text has been deleted. Presumably, the station has ZDF for all three (actually two, since Jens Spahn is considered an 'opportunity') the possible election winners have made contributions – and a version made public too soon.

10.26 clock:

Jens Spahn, health minister and candidate for the presidency of the CDU party, does not want to reveal who will support in the event of elections for the run-off between Friedrich Merz and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Spahn is still self-confident, even if he is considered a candidate almost as a case. "My goal is that I'm on the second ballot and then I support Jens Spahn," he told the SWR.

10.10 clock:

North Rhine-Westphalia sends 296 delegates to the election of the new president of the CDU in Hamburg. More than from Saxony (30), Thuringia (24), Saxony-Anhalt (18), Brandenburg (17), Hessen (88), Berlin (30), Saarland (34), Bremen (5), Hamburg (17) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (14) together.


At the "Maybrit Illner" of the political scientist ZDF Albrecht von Lucke criticized the electoral recommendation of Wolfgang Schäuble in a massive way. The president-in-office of the Bundestag spoke in favor of Friedrich Merz as future president of the CDU.

Above all, the function with which Schäuble issued this recommendation, found by Lucke. "Schäuble could have said yes: I am now speaking as a party man, but he said:" I speak for the preservation of the system. "He even went so far as to say: it is better for the country!"

Von Lucke sees in the electoral recommendation an "attempt of the wars of old men to make Merkel an industrial incident in history". For them it would be the worst if a woman were inherited by a woman (>> here more).


Friday afternoon, the time has come: the CDU elects its new party president in Hamburg. As the Friday afternoon elections will expire, it was declared the day before the decision at "Markus Lanz" on ZDF. Among the guests are the former Prime Minister (Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia) e CDUThe politician Bernhard Vogel, one of the 1,001 authorized delegates to vote, as well as the journalist Robin Alexander ("Welt" and "Welt am Sonntag"). Thursday's broadcast dealt with the struggle for power in the CDU,

And Alexander also revealed that the CDU will rely on the tried and tested. Explain: "It is interesting to note that the CDU that is, not electronically. They say it is too prone to mistakes. In other words, everyone gets a piece of paper to tick. "Also, this time the voting booths are back in. The reason: for the first time there are still three candidates.

Thursday, December 6th


Jens Spahn, Minister of Health and candidate for the CDU-Vorsitz, defended the controversial electoral recommendations of party colleagues for Friedrich Merz and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "It is the right of every delegate to say who you want to vote for and why." This is part of such a process, "Spahn told Thursday on Phoenix TV.

However, it is crucial that no one is damaged and that the CDU can be closed and continue as before.


Three candidates have been formally proposed for the future Presidency of the CDU – but there could be more The entrepreneur of Hesse Andreas Ritzenhoff (62) is likely to be formally proposed by a delegate to the congress. "I am confident that a delegate suggests I vote," said Ritzenhoff, the German news agency.

Ritzenhoff is the owner of the Seidel company in Marburg. It is only in the spring of this year in the CDU,

Germany must return to the highest quality, says Ritzenhoff. "Our motorways are a huge construction site, the railroad has enormous problems, as well as the Bundeswehr's mobile network or equipment, which is why we need more economic skills in political leadership".


Former secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also spoke a day before the election of the new president of the CDU. You still consider the open race.

This was demonstrated in regional conferences, where she and her competitors, the former leader of the Friedrich Merz faction and Health Minister Jens Spahn, presented the base, said on Thursday during a visit to the 39, Altona Children's Hospital (AKK) in Hamburg.


The Thursday before the election of the new CDUThe presidency, the candidate Jens Spahn has again spoken – surprisingly obvious given that it is considered that he has almost no chance in the elections. "Tomorrow I will go out happily, calmly and safely, I would dare to do this, I want this leadership of CDU like to take control, "said the CDU politician and the federal health minister in the Phoenix television station.

Jens Spahn is considered to have almost no chance in the elections: the favorites are Friedrich Merz and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

But he was also ready for a defeat: he wanted to "stay in the team anyway," said Spahn. "I want to continue working for the success of the CDU – and in the general team of the CDU, because where the party congress would like me to continue working". This applies to his job as a minister of federal health.


On Wednesday evening, the election of the CDU was a topic in Sandra's speech Maischberger in the & # 39; ARD. Title of the show: "The three fights of the year – who takes the throne of Merkel?"

Election for the presidency of the CDU: Blüm grumbles in Maischberger against Friedrich Merz

A moment gave shape to the show: the veteran of the CDU Norbert Blüm was energetically unleashed against the candidate Friedrich Merz.

Blüm refusesMaischberger"The neoliberal visions of Friedrich Merz and his lobbying activities, above all, accuse Merz of being president of the supervisory board of the Blackrock asset manager." Blackrock is a shark, "said Blüm, who was literally angry.


This is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's career:

  • Born in Völklingen in 1962
  • In 1981 it became part of the CDU
  • From 1985 to 1988: in the state of the Junge Union
  • 2011: president of the CDU Saar
  • From February 2018: Secretary General of the CDU


Friedrich Merz's plan to buy shares for retirement and tax benefits, called Blüm a "Maischberger"An" audacity ".

+++ "The party" captures Jens Spahn's promotional video: the best comes at the very end of +++

Also against the Bundestag president Wolfgang Schauble he shot Norbert Blum Maischberger sharp. Schäuble had pronounced himself very clearly in advance for Friedrich Merz. Blüm is satisfied: "I think it is good that Wolfgang Schäuble has lowered his visor, so far I have only heard whispering behind the scenes and pulling the strings, it is not my taste."

Blüm explains to Maischberger who is his favorite: only Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer can hold the party together.


Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier criticized the electoral recommendation of Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble for Friedrich Merz as the new leader of the CDU.

Peter Altmaier is in favor of Kramp-Karrenbauer

He himself had not publicly expressed his preference for the secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer out of respect for the delegates of the CDU party congress, said Altmaier of the "Rheinische Post".

"Since Wolfgang Schäuble broke the dam, I can say: I am convinced that with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer we have the best chance of winning the CDU and winning the elections".


The career of Friedrich Merz:

  • 1994: member of the Bundestag
  • From 1998 to 2000 Vice President of the parliamentary group CDU / CSU
  • 2000: President of the parliamentary group CDU / CSU
  • In 2004, Merz resigns his senior party posts +
  • On October 30, 2018, he announced surprisingly that he wanted to run for the CDU party convention for the office of party president


Schäuble was opened on the eve of Friedrich Merz as the new president of the CDU. "It would be better for the country if Friedrich Merz won the majority at the party congress," said the CDU politician.


In the period leading up to the election of the CDU in political circles and social media, the word "new elections" again and again: if, for example, Friedrich Merz is elected as the new president of the CDU, Angela Merkel will hardly be able to keep the chancellor, some believe.

Chancellor change: new elections after the elections to preside over the CDU?

The leader of the trade union faction Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) has energetically converted to speculation on an early election with a change in the Chancellery.

+++ "Anne Will" in the ARD – Jens Spahn provides a statement in the Hartz IV debate for indignation: "Welcome to life" +++

"Voters have in the 2017 federal elections the Union and Angela Merkel as a candidate government mandate for the entire duration," said Brinkhaus, the German news agency in Berlin. "We have to fulfill this task, we need to focus on that." (Pen with dpa)



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