She lost the federal elections with a crash – now the CDU wants to reposition itself. The female members want to have a say. But some other politicians in the party also have demands.
When the CDU is reorganized, women insist on more power and influence. The previous vice-chairman of the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Nadine Schön (CDU), told the “Rheinische Post”: “We have had too few women in parliament and party for years. We have to get more.” The gender of the future chairman or chairmen is of secondary importance. It needs someone “who brings the party together and broadens it,” she said. Nonetheless, the party had female leaders for a long time. “That was good for the party.”
The chairwoman of the Women’s Union, Annette Widmann-Mauz, told the editorial network Germany: “The repositioning of the CDU in Germany can only succeed in terms of content, personnel and structure with the women in the party.” The Women’s Union is participating in the process that has now been initiated with a conference of female representatives and representatives. This will take place soon. All female members of the CDU belong to the Women’s Union.
The CDU / CSU and its candidate for Chancellor Armin Laschet fell to 24.1 percent in the federal election, while the SPD became the strongest force with 25.7 percent. According to a recent Insa survey, the Union has now slipped below the 20 percent mark. In the “Sunday trend” of the opinion research institute for “Bild” (Tuesday), the CDU and CSU lose one and a half percentage points compared to the previous week and come to 19.5 percent. This is the lowest value ever measured by the Insa opinion trend for the Union.
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. In the ARD “Tagesthemen”, Ziemiak said when asked whether Laschet would not remain party leader under any circumstances: “That’s how it is.” At the moment he doesn’t see any chances for Jamaica, a coalition of the Union, Greens and FDP, said Ziemiak. But if the Greens and the FDP want to hold talks, Laschet is the contact person for the CDU. “How we would then equip a federal government, then we would discuss together as CDU and CSU.”
CDU federal board member Mike Mohring spoke out in favor of a package solution for the new CDU top. “Bild” he said: “It will be exciting, because it is about the question of the party chairman, the general secretary and the parliamentary group chairman – I can only recommend my party to look at these packages as a whole in order to achieve peace. Otherwise we will talk about in January the party chairmanship and talk about the parliamentary group chairmanship in March. “
The deputy CDU federal chairman Thomas Strobl warned against only exchanging heads in the party. He told the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” (Tuesday): “We must not stop at the personnel renewal, but also have to add content.” He explained: “Our result shows that many voters no longer knew how the values of the CDU, which we still stand behind, translate into the new era.” The federal party congress should therefore revive the initiated process for a new basic program of the CDU. According to Strobl, all members should also be involved in the preparation and adoption.
Possible applicants for the top of the CDU are economic politician Friedrich Merz, Minister of Health Jens Spahn, foreign politician Norbert Röttgen, parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus and economic politician Carsten Linnemann. In the CDU it was recently disputed how big the role the party base should play in the upcoming generation change.