Gift to Laschet irritated – Merz with a dig at predecessors


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From: Anna Katharina Ahnefeld

Friedrich Merz (l), candidate for the office of CDU federal chairman, hands the outgoing CDU federal chairman Armin Laschet an iPad with special apps for leisure and sporting activities, among other things, at the CDU federal party conference in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus. © Michael Kappeler/dpa

The farewell gifts for Armin Laschet and Paul Ziemiak irritate many. About these iPads – with apps! – enjoys the network.

Berlin – apps to say goodbye. Ex-CDU leader Armin Laschet and former Secretary General Paul Ziemiak received a special gift. True to the line digital party congress there was: An iPad. The new CDU leader Friedrich Merz handed the two of them a tablet each in Berlin on Saturday and said: “The decisive thing is what’s on it.”

The Rhinelander Laschet received apps from Candy Crush, Alemannia Aachen and Bayern Munich, among others – but also subscriptions to international media such as New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde and the Vatican Radio app. He now sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag. And Merz also explicitly referred to the Stepps sports app. A hidden dig? Does Laschet have to do more sport?

For Ziemiak’s device, the CDU chose, among other things, the app from Borussia Dortmund – “our common team”, as Merz said.

CDU party conference: Laschet and Ziemiak get iPads as a farewell gift – a gift that causes irritation

Reactions on Twitter were not long in coming. “iPad – the latest craze!” tweeted the Saarland SPD deputy Jürgen Renner. A user immediately makes a guess: “An iPad will be offered for sale on Ebay in Berlin by 5 p.m. at the latest.”

And another commented: “Armin Laschet and Paul Ziemiak get an iPad from the CDU as a farewell gift. But that’s not the highlight at all. THERE ARE APPS ON IT TOO! How the party must hate its old leader and general secretary”. (aka / dpa)


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