The CDU Secretary General Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has demanded to be fair in the competition for the CDU chairmanship. "It must not be a ruinous competition that leaves behind a party that is no longer closed," said the politician, who is running for the succession of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"It's a good finding that we do not have to go searching for weeks now," said Kramp-Karrenbauer. Rather, there are several suitable candidates for the party presidency. "That's an expression of the quality of this party," she said. However, the CDU do not deal with yourself for weeks until the party congress in December. The people in Germany would not understand that.

The Saarlander is considered a promising candidate for the successor of party leader Merkel. She had been unanimously nominated by the national board of her party as a candidate of the Saar-CDU. Her work as secretary-general leaves her largely suspended because of her application. In addition to Kramp-Karrenbauer ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz and Minister of Health Jens Spahn, In addition to the three most promising candidates, nine other CDU members have so far registered for the party conference in early December.

Spahn and Merz already campaigned for themselves in their home association NRW. As expected, the North Rhine-Westphalian CDU announced that they were not looking for a candidate for succession Merkel want to set. Each delegate of the Hamburg party congress could thus make itself a picture and decide, said Landesparteichef and NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet. "I appreciate all three, and so are many in our national association," he said. NRW is particularly important at the Federal Party Congress in Hamburg with almost a third of the almost 1,000 delegates.

Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) said that he is firmly on the assumption that Merkel will remain Chancellor for a long time after her departure as party leader. It had been good years for the Union and for Germany with Merkel. "And there will be more good ones, because we will continue to work very well, very closely and very confidently as a parliamentary group with her as Federal Chancellor," he said. CSU national group chief Alexander Dobrindt said he had a great interest in governing the grand coalition until the end of the 2021 parliamentary term.



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