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In the debate about the reorganization of the party, the CDU has agreed on how to proceed. The district chairmen are to meet in October. All information in the news blog.

The SPD narrowly won the federal election with 25.7 percent of the vote. The Union landed behind with 24.1 percent. In order to be able to lead a government, both parties need the support of the Greens and the FDP. The following alliances are mathematically possible: traffic light (red-green-yellow), Jamaica (black-green-yellow) and a grand coalition (red-black).

The CDU wants to convene a conference of district chairmen for the end of October. According to information from party circles, this should then clarify whether there should be a member survey about the new party chairmanship. The CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said at a press conference.

Subsequently, it should be decided in the federal executive how the basis will be integrated into the upcoming decisions – on the basis of an opinion picture in the district chairperson’s conference. A special party congress is then planned to reorganize the content and personnel. It is not clear whether this will take place in December or January.

The chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in Saxony-Anhalt, Siegfried Borgwardt, speaks out in favor of a conference of district chairmen to clarify the personnel reorganization of the CDU. Like his CSU colleague Thomas Kreuzer, he calls for broader involvement of the party base, but does not advocate a member survey. “I assume that we see the conference of district chairmen as a very good means of involving the grassroots. In my opinion, this is the right form,” emphasized the CDU politician after a conference of the CDU and CSU parliamentary group chairmen in Magdeburg.

The Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) is calling for all leadership positions in the federal CDU – i.e. the entire party presidency and the federal executive committee – to be re-elected immediately before the start of the deliberations of the CDU leadership. That must happen this year. The basis must also be involved – whether in the form of a member’s decision or in another way, Kretschmer left open.

It is “not a burden that the party base is involved, but from my point of view a matter of course,” said Kretschmer. “Nobody should give the impression that the party base can now be pushed aside.” Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU), however, had spoken out in favor of leaving the personnel decisions to a party congress.

The presidium of the CDU met on Monday morning to deliberate on the repositioning of the party in terms of personnel and content after the election defeat. Party leader Armin Laschet had announced that he would explain his ideas for a special party congress to initiate the renewal of the party. Laschet strives for an amicable solution without personnel disputes.

The negotiators for a possible traffic light alliance have agreed on a procedure for the current explorations. After that, not only the SPD, but also the Greens and FDP will sound out with six people each, it is said from negotiating circles. Depending on the topic, a specialist politician would then be added to the core of the party leadership. This is to ensure that you can probe more quickly and with greater concentration, it said. The Greens and FDP had originally named ten people for the explorations, the SPD six.

Greens boss Robert Habeck: "We have to pull ourselves together a bit".  (Source: dpa / Michael Kappeler)Greens boss Robert Habeck: “We have to pull ourselves together a bit”. (Source: Michael Kappeler / dpa)

Green leader Robert Habeck has emphasized how important it is for the negotiations with the FDP to be successful. “Failure is actually not an option,” he said on Sunday evening in the ZDF program “Berlin direkt”. If a coalition of the SPD and the Union were to emerge again, Germany would “go nuts”. “We have to pull ourselves together a bit,” said Habeck.

Of course, the finances are a “huge problem”. But you also have to realize that there are probably projects that can only really thrive in a coalition with the FDP and the Greens, said Habeck. If the negotiations get stuck, it is worth taking a look “at what is lost if it does not succeed, and I think that then holds us together quite well,” said Habeck. Now the “time of the imagination” begins.

Shortly before nine o’clock, first the SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz and then the heads of the Greens and FDP arrived for the traffic light explorations. The Greens chairmen Annalena Baerbock, Robert Habeck as well as FDP boss Christian Lindner and FDP general secretary Volker Wissing arrive demonstratively together at Hub 27 on the Berlin exhibition grounds.

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