Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has for the first time officially commented on her candidacy for the CDU chairmanship. She wanted to make her party heard more – into the government, said Kramp-Karrenbauer at a press conference. She also made it clear: "My office as secretary-general will definitely end at the congress."
The CDU politician is one of several candidates for the party presidency. After Chancellor Angela Merkel had announced that she would not stand for re-election, the CDU At their party congress in Hamburg from 6 to 8 December, elect a new chairman or a new chairman. In addition to Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn and ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz are also bidding for the party leadership. While the former Saarland Prime Minister is known as Merkel's confidant, Spahn and Merz could lead the CDU back to a more conservative course.
Kramp-Karrenbauer said that preserving prosperity, security and the cohesion of society are the three most important issues to which the CDU must respond. From her own party she has heard in recent months pride, but also frustration, worry and uncertainty. The CDU does not want to be a party "in the category of either-or thinks", but to make the link.
The members of the CDU Kramp Karrenbauer promised in the event of their choice greater influence on the government work. In recent years too often political decisions have been taken, which were subsequently accepted by the party with more or less resistance. This method does not fit in the present time. "The debate and the decision, the positioning must first be made in the party," said Kramp-Karrenbauer. Then it would have to be carried on by the parliamentary group in the government work.
At the same time, Kramp-Karrenbauer made it clear that a European solution was needed in refugee and migration policy. Although migration is not the number one topic, she said. But the topic is there. 2015 can not be reversed, said the CDU Secretary General, and was quite obviously bordering on her competitor Spahn from. The Minister of Health had described migration as "the white elephant in the room".