US News Friedrich Merz mocks Armin Laschet's family tree.

01:01  19 september  2020
01:01  19 september  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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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.

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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 Laschet biography "Der Machtmenschliche" .

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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 modalities for the party-internal election campaign should be clarified by the end of September . Laschet and Merz are so far considered to be the most promising candidates. However, foreign policy expert Röttgen has recently seen an upswing .

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Charlemagne lived until 814 and was the most powerful emperor of the Middle Ages. Aachen , 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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