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Call for new staff CDU wants to completely re-elect the party executive

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After the weak general election, the CDU is putting everything to the test: the entire board is to be re-elected in the next few months. First, however, one wants to involve the party base more closely.

After its historic disaster in the federal election, the CDU wants to re-elect the entire federal executive committee at a special party conference. This was decided unanimously, said CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak on Monday after deliberations of the top committees in Berlin.

He announced a meeting of the district chairpersons for October 30th. Three days later, the Presidium and the Federal Executive Committee will decide how the base will be specifically incorporated into a staff and content renewal. It remains to be seen whether the party congress will take place in December or, if possible, in January.

Ziemiak said he understood “the frustration and anger” of MPs who, despite a committed election campaign, did not move into the Bundestag. The error analysis will be “brutally open”, “all issues must come on the table”.

    (Source: t-online / Heike Aßmann) (Source: t-online / Heike Aßmann)

Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet announced on Thursday that he wanted to moderate the renewal process of his party that is now necessary and propose a party congress to the committees. The CDU chairman postponed his own ambitions in terms of personnel realignment and also for any negotiations with the Greens and FDP about a Jamaica alliance. However, he did not give a date for a withdrawal from the party leadership.

Laschet could hope that there is still a power option if the SPD, the Greens and the FDP cannot agree in the negotiations on a traffic light government. The ongoing exploratory talks between the three parties “we are observing very closely and our offer remains,” said Ziemiak.

In addition to economic politician Friedrich Merz, health minister Jens Spahn, foreign politician Norbert Röttgen, parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus and economic politician Carsten Linnemann are possible applicants for the party leadership.

In the CDU it was recently disputed how big the role the party base should play in the upcoming generation change. Several top politicians called for a member survey on the future party leadership. Such a survey is possible according to the CDU statute, but it has no binding effect on the decisive party congress. Other leading CDU politicians consider such a survey to be problematic, as it could give rise to further division if the result is unclear.

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