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"Unfortunately, I cannot serve ancestors from large German imperial families": Friedrich Merz commented on his family tree - including a small swipe towards Armin Laschet.
Friedrich Merz is known as a sharp-tongued rhetorician. Now he has commented on a topic that made headlines this week: the ancestors of North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet. Whose family thinks they are directly descended from Charlemagne. Laschet's brother Patrick has compiled detailed family trees and created a list that leads from Charlemagne (747 / 748-814) to Laschet and his brothers in a total of 40 steps, according to the.
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Merz has now reacted to this fact with words that can be interpreted as a tip towards Laschet. "Unfortunately, I cannot serve ancestors from large German imperial families," said Merz to the editorial network Germany (RND). He came from a normal middle-class family in Westphalia, with immigrant Huguenots from France as maternal ancestors, said Merz.
Merz and Laschet are competing next to Norbert Röttgen for the CDU chairmanship - a little hidden ridicule against the competitor should come as no surprise. At a party congress in Stuttgart in December, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's successor is to be elected at the head of the party. According to Röttgen, the. Laschet and Merz are so far considered to be the most promising candidates. However, foreign policy expert Röttgen .
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lived until 814 and was the most powerful emperor of the Middle Ages. , Laschet's birthplace, was his favorite Palatinate. Laschet admires Charlemagne and has a golden bust of Charlemagne put up in his office in the Düsseldorf State Chancellery.
Merz also made a difference to his competitor Laschet in other ways: According to the biography, he had hung a poster for the Polish Solidarność trade union in his youth room. Merz, however, said: "There weren't any political posters in my youth room either, there were Jimi Hendrix and The Who."
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