- Angela Merkel called on the CDU last October to end the 2015 refugee policy debate.
- The new party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announces now a "general debate" on the topic, in February, it should take place.
- Before the beginning of the evening CDU exam in Potsdam Kramp-Karrenbauer also stresses that the right to propose the Chancellor candidate of the Union, lie with her.
The new CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to review the refugee policy of recent years. Before an exam of the CDU federal executive committee in Potsdam Kramp Karrenbauer said, it would give therefore in February a "workshop discussion", thus a kind of "general discussion beginning with the decisions 2015 to today". It will "look at the whole issue of immigration from the protection of the external border on the asylum procedures to integration from the point of view of effectiveness."
Together with experts, including representatives of the EU border protection agency Frontex and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, they will discuss what needs to be improved, Kramp-Karrenbauer said World on Sunday, But it is already clear: "Our security authorities must become more assertive, including in the area of overall migration."
The head of the CDU thus sets herself apart from the Federal Chancellor on this topic. Angela Merkel called on her party last October to end the 2015 refugee policy debate. Certainly there are still problems in migration policy, but above all, huge progress since 2015, Merkel said at a party conference of the Thuringian CDU. "If we're going to spend the rest of the decade looking at what might have been going on in 2015 and doing it all the time, then we'll lose the rank of People's Party," she warned.
Kramp-Karrenbauer explicitly contradicted that now. She said that time would only be "wasted" if we narrowed the debate to it. " But it would also be a strange state if the Christian Democrats "dealt with migration comprehensively and excluded 2015".
Autumn 2015 is an important turning point for many in the CDU. Before Merkel decided in September 2015 to allow refugees arriving via Hungary and Austria to enter Germany, the Union still had a good 40 percent. Since then she has lost about ten percentage points – and right of her, the AfD has established itself.
Kramp-Karrenbauer had already last October, when she was Secretary General, the internal Union dispute over Merkel's refugee policy compared to the permanent conflict in the SPD to the Agenda 2010.
Speeches by CDU politicians on the question of who has the right to nominate for the next chancellor candidate condemned Kramp-Karrenbauer as "completely unnecessary". She said the law was with her, "that was true of all CDU chairmen, and that will apply to me, too."
The exam of the CDU board began on Sunday evening, it should end this Monday. The agenda for the year 2019 is also on the agenda. This year local elections will be held in four federal states and local elections in ten federal states. In addition, the European Parliament will be re-elected. Particularly problematic for the CDU are the elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony.
The AfD is in the three federal states in the surveys between 21 and 25 percent. The CDU chairman of the CDU, Mike Mohring, pointed out prior to the closed-door meeting how important pension provision was in eastern Germany – also because of the often interrupted employment biographies there. He therefore proposed the introduction of a minimum pension, which should be ten percent higher than the basic pension.