DThe CDU chairperson has to cope with a paradoxical situation. She herself can only distance herself from the Chancellor with caution. Even subtle hints are even interpreted in her own party as "right-wing"; If she went further, it would not be far to the "Queen Murderer".
It looks quite different for Angela Merkel. Without a hitch, last week she saw Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the people she surrounds portray in dealing with the Rezo video as, to say the least, bloody newbies ("we have to learn that"). The video was not, as always done and also the title suggested ("destruction of the CDU"), primarily an attack on the CDU, but on the governing coalition and on Merkel personally.
Actually, it would have been quite the Chancellor who could and should have reacted to the Rezo video. But she delegated the responsibility elegantly to her successor on the party leadership. For Kramp-Karrenbauer that was a kick in the knees. Because she has now been responsible for something for months, which she is not responsible and can influence only very indirectly.
Merkel reveals her idiosyncratic political style by exploiting this game (unconsciously?) For herself. Another example: When she calls out the end of "Pill Palle" in climate policy, it sounds as if it was not she who ruled for almost 14 years, but a ray of hope called Angela Merkel the successor of Kramp-Karrenbauer in the Chancellery and now everything wants to do a lot better.
A lot of work is needed for the new manager
Kramp-Karrenbauer can not currently serve as a competitive advantage for the headwinds from eastern Germany either. If the CDU state associations in the fight against the strong AfD bring out the unspoken or are unsettled by breakneck ideas of coalition, this is not perceived as a result of Merkel's reign, but chalked to the alleged leadership weakness Kramp-Karrenbauers.
Kramp-Karrenbauer spoke a word of power on "Anne Will". In addition, a former general secretary of the party, Peter Tauber, in the AfD thing throws into the fray, should not only her, but also the acting, Paul Ziemiak, to think. In any case, a lot of work is needed for the new Federal Managing Director Stefan Hennewig.
But he too will have to contend with the triangle of unloved coalition, hovering chancellor and hanging party leader. Because it is the way it is, the longing that has been around for years, not only in the world, grows again CDU exists: after the supposedly unused force with clear edges. No wonder that Friedrich Merz scents again morning air and Armin Laschet holds ready. Was not there someone else? Jens Spahn holds back remarkably. That's what you call loyalty.
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