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US News Germany: the centrist Armin Laschet elected president of the CDU

18:55  16 january  2021
18:55  16 january  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Centrist Armin Laschet has been elected leader of Germany 's Christian Democrats ( CDU ), the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel. He replaces as chair of the party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who failed to live up to her billing as Mrs Merkel's appointed successor after taking office more than two

The new elected Christian Democratic Union , CDU , party chairman Armin Laschet - Copyright AP Photo/Markus Schreiber). The decision as to who would take up the mantle of leadership of the CDU - the party of current chancellor Angela Merkel’s - comes months before an election to see who will

Pour la première fois depuis 2000, la CDU ne sera pas dirigée par une femme. © Odd ANDERSEN / various sources / AFP For the first time since 2000, the CDU will not be headed by a woman.

The choice of continuity with the centrist era of Angela Merkel: the German conservative party CDU elected the moderate Armin Laschet as president on Saturday against the liberal Friedrich Merz, in favor of a change of the bar to the right.

With a majority of 521 votes from the 1,001 delegates called to vote, Armin Laschet beat Friedrich Merz (466 votes) in the second round of an internal ballot. He is thus in a good position to lead the conservative camp to the general elections in September, but does not yet have the guarantee.

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BERLIN — Germany ’s governing Christian Democrats ( CDU ) on Saturday chose Armin Laschet , the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, as their new leader, signaling that the center-right party intends to maintain Angela Merkel’s moderate course after her expected departure in the fall.

Armin Laschet , the premier of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany ’s most populous state, will be the new leader of the country’s governing Christian Democratic Laschet ’s victory does not guarantee that he’ll be the CDU ’s man to run for chancellor — but that prospect is now a whole lot more likely.

"I want us to succeed together and to ensure that the Christian Democratic Union" (CDU) is brought to the chancellery in September, reacted Armin Laschet to his victory.

Armin Laschet, who came behind his rival in the first round, benefited from a carry over from the supporters of a third candidate, Norbert Röttgen, also a supporter of a moderate line and eliminated in the first round.

A decisive election

The result of the online ballot, due to the pandemic, must still be formally confirmed by mail by the movement's delegates.

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The day before, Armin Laschet, who heads North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous region of the country, had already received the thinly veiled support of Angela Merkel, advocating the continuation of a "centrist" course and the rejection of polarization.

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Armin Laschet has become the new leader of the Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats ( CDU ) party in Germany . He takes the helm months before an election to decide While the vote making the new CDU leader is not the final word on who will run as the center-right candidate, he will either run for

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany is a Christian - democratic and liberal-conservative political party in Germany . It is the major catch-all party of the centre-right in German politics.

This election is decisive for the future of Germany with the legislative elections at the end of September and the end of the Merkel era, in power since 2005.


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The choice of the right and center-right candidate for this election will however only be made in the spring. And other suitors remain in ambush, in a Germany hit hard by the second pandemic wave.

Verbal abuse

For the first time since 2000, the CDU will not be headed by a woman. A time "runner-up" to Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had succeeded her as president in 2018, before resigning in early 2020, for lack of being able to win.

The candidates in the running presented different profiles.

Sworn enemy of the Chancellor since she ousted him from the presidency of the conservative group in the Bundestag in 2002, Friedrich Merz dreamed of revenge. He misses her again. The businessman had already been beaten by a hair by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in 2018. With his hard position on immigration, likely to attract voters seduced by the far right, he could however continue to weigh on the CDU in the future given its very honorable result. In his speech on Saturday, he called on the CDU not to seek "compromise" at all costs.

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FRANKFURT, Germany — Germany 's ruling CDU party picked Armin Laschet to be its new chairman on Saturday, possibly paving the way for Merkel stepped down as leader of the CDU in 2018, and her replacement Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer quit in February 2020 after a series of communication

Armin Laschet , prime minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has been elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union , putting him in pole position to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor of Europe’s most powerful country. Mr Laschet beat Friedrich Merz, a corporate lawyer

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Friedrich Merz has not managed to erase his handicaps, his highly paid functions in the asset manager BlackRock to his verbal slippages. Saturday morning, he wanted to challenge his supposed lack of interest in the cause of women by the fact that he had a wife and daughters.

Armin Laschet, 59, has several advantages. This moderate, former journalist with laughing eyes, is indeed walking in the footsteps of the popular chancellor. Angela Merkel hinted Friday about her preference for "the team" that he forms with the Minister of Health, Jens Spahn. Armin Laschet can appeal to the centrist electorate and, if he is a candidate in September, build a possible coalition with the Greens, the country's second force.

Homage

In his speech on Saturday he paid tribute to the Chancellor, recalling that when she arrived at the Chancellery in 2005, Germany was "sick of Europe". He too wishes to be a candidate for the chancellery.

The delegates did not hold him against the problems of managing the epidemic in his region. Armin Laschet had thus pleaded in the spring for an easing of restrictions deemed too early by experts.

Regarding the candidacy for the chancellery, another official, Markus Söder, leader of the sister party CSU, remains well placed. He has become one of the favorite personalities of the Germans by advocating strict restrictions in the face of the pandemic. Even if he denies it, he dreams of being invited by the CDU to take the plunge after a series of local elections in mid-March. And become, perhaps, the first chancellor from the CSU.

Armin Laschet calls for Alexej Navalny's "immediate release" .
Armin Laschet has "strongly condemned" the imprisonment of the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny. The new CDU boss still wants to hold on to the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. © POOL / REUTERS Armin Laschet's foreign policy assessments have been vague at times in the past. The CDU politician once called for a reassessment of the regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad during the Syrian War .

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