Friedrich Merz is planning a new collaboration with the CSU



Ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz is betting that the cross shots of CSU leader Markus Söder will end after the election of a new CDU chairman.

Berlin – Ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz is betting that the cross shots of CSU leader Markus Söder end after the election of a new CDU chairman. When asked what he wanted to do to get Söder to hire his heads, Merz said on Tuesday at the presentation of his candidacy for chairmanship in Berlin that he was betting on closing this chapter with the CDU party congress in January. Then a new cooperation with the CSU would have to be started.

In the federal election campaign there had been repeated spikes from Söder against candidate for chancellor and CDU leader Armin Laschet. The image of disagreement had weighed heavily on the Union’s election campaign. He had spoken to Söder several times about “that we have to change that, that it has to get better,” said Merz. A first step will be to regularly exchange ideas with the narrower party leaderships, i.e. the praesidia, and not just with the chairmen. “I hope that we will simply put our cooperation on a new basis.” This goes up to the question of whether mechanisms for solving common personnel issues could be developed.

Merz left it open as to whether he would also take the chairmanship of the parliamentary group after an election as party chairman, or whether incumbent Ralph Brinkhaus should remain in office. “We don’t have any answer to this question at the moment. He spoke extensively with Brinkhaus and said that he wanted to discuss and prepare the personnel decisions in the party and parliamentary group together. “I assume that we will have a good working relationship.” When asked, Merz emphasized that it was no secret that he believed it was right that party chairmanship and chancellery were in one hand in government times, and that in the opposition party and parliamentary group chairmanship were in one hand. “You don’t have to do it that way, you can do it that way.” But it could also work differently. (dpa)


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