Merz presents the CDU boss team: Two surprises on board – Röttgen thinks the approach is completely wrong



Friedrich Merz applies as party leader of the CDU. On Tuesday he wants to introduce his management team – his competitor Röttgen accuses him of a lack of “community spirit”.

  • Friedrich Merz was nominated as a candidate for the CDU party chairmanship on Monday (see first report).
  • On Tuesday, Merz presented part of his team and proposed an amendment to the statutes for the post of general secretary (Update from November 16, 3:20 p.m.).
  • As General Secretary Merz wants the Berlin politician Mario Czaja (46), the 34-year-old Christina Stumpp from Baden-Württemberg will be Czaja’s deputy.

Update from November 16, 3:20 p.m.: In these minutes, Friedrich Merz presented part of the team with whom he wants to work if he is elected CDU party leader. Merz would like to change the statutes so that a deputy general secretary can also be appointed. So there would be a team solution.

Should Merz become CDU party leader, he would then have the right to propose two positions. Merz named Mario Czaja from Berlin as general secretary of his choice. If the amendment to the statutes is passed, 34-year-old Christina Stumpp from Baden-Württemberg will become the deputy general secretary.

“The CDU is facing new tasks and challenges,” said Merz. “We have to reposition ourselves in terms of content.” Among other things, he named social justice as an important topic for the future. There are currently weaknesses in the CDU.

First CDU boss dispute: Merz presents his “team” – Röttgen thinks approach is completely wrong

First report from November 16: Berlin – Former Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz is applying as CDU leader. After his nomination on Monday, he wants to introduce part of his team on Tuesday afternoon. Competitor Norbert Röttgen criticized the plans sharply in advance.

On Monday evening, the board of the CDU district association Hochsauerland had officially nominated Friedrich Merz as a candidate for the post of party chairman. It is the third time that the economist has applied as party leader. Political observers expect him to have good chances this time. The politician from Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt receives special support.

CDU boss wanted: Röttgen criticizes Merz plan

On Tuesday at 3 p.m. Merz plans to present the team with which he wants to reorganize the CDU. His competitor Norbert Röttgen criticized this approach to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The fact that Merz is running with a team of several does not seem to him, in view of the community spirit in the party, to be “a methodically correct approach,” said Röttgen on Tuesday. There could be “only one CDU team”, “and not somehow team chairman and others are not team chairmen”.

It is eagerly awaited who Friedrich Merz will propose as a candidate for the office of Secretary General on Tuesday afternoon. Röttgen had already announced last week that in the event of his election, the 39-year-old member of the Bundestag Franziska Hoppermann from Hamburg would be proposed as Secretary General.

CDU: For the first time, members vote on party leadership

After the worst Bundestag election result in the history of the party, the CDU wants a comprehensive realignment. The former party chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and finance minister Peter Altmaier then paved the way for a generation change.

In the election for party chairman, Friedrich Merz competes against the executive minister of the Chancellery, Helge Braun, and the former federal minister for the environment, Norbert Röttgen. The application deadline for the position ends on Wednesday at 6 p.m. For the first time in the history of the CDU, the 400,000 party members are to vote on their future chairman. According to information from the dpa, a format for the Internet and television is being considered, in which the applicants introduce themselves to the members. The member survey will start on December 4th. The executive committee should then formally propose the candidate to the party congress with an absolute majority. (bm / dpa)


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