Karin Prien’s candidacy as vice-president


SSchleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Education, Karin Prien, wants to become deputy head of the CDU. “I would like to bring my experiences and perspectives to the new CDU presidium. That is why I will run for the party congress as deputy party chairman, ”said Prien, who has been a member of the CDU federal executive committee since January, the editorial network Germany.

She wants to take over one of the five vice positions regardless of the composition of the chair. You understand your candidacy as independent. The CDU wants to elect a new leadership at a party congress on January 21st and 22nd in Hanover as a consequence of the historical disaster in the federal election.

Not a feminine set

In response to the finding that she was not running as party vice for a team with one of the likely chairman candidates Friedrich Merz or Norbert Röttgen, 56-year-old Prien said: “I find it strange that it just seems to be about that individual candidates surround themselves with a group of female fellow campaigners, who then come across as more of a garnish. ”This is not their self-image. “For the CDU it is about more than the question of how the gentlemen from NRW get their rights.” In addition to Merz and Röttgen, other possible candidates for the CDU chairmanship come from North Rhine-Westphalia, such as Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus.

You could also imagine working with Merz, said Prien when asked. “Contrary to popular rumors, he has not yet contacted me.” She hopes that we will see several candidacies in the next few days.

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She expressly does not share the assessment of Merz, who described the Union at the Junge Union’s Germany Day in mid-October as a “serious restructuring case at risk of insolvency”, said Prien. However, the CDU must give much more detailed answers to future issues, for example in pension, education, climate or refugee policy. “We will still have some conflicts in the party that we haven’t had in the past few years,” she said.


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