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World Popular Bavaria Premier Indicates He Won’t Run to Succeed Merkel

11:05  02 august  2020
11:05  02 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder appeared to rule out running to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor, saying he wants He is well ahead of other challengers to succeed her when her term ends in the fall of 2021, according to recent polls. Soeder heads the Christian Social Union, the

From Merkel ’s perspective, the best candidate would be Laschet, a moderate who would most likely continue her liberal policies on refugees and workers’ If he did, he would risk his position as premier of Germany’s most populous state. Merz, in contrast, has nothing to lose. Already wealthy from his

(Bloomberg) -- Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder appeared to rule out running to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor, saying he wants to focus on leading the southern German state despite a surge in his popularity on the national stage.

Markus Söder wearing a suit and tie: Markus Soeder, Bavaria's premier, pauses during news conference in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Soeder has sky-rocketed in polls, well ahead of other potential contenders to campaign as chancellor for the conservative bloc in next year’s elections. © Bloomberg Markus Soeder, Bavaria's premier, pauses during news conference in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Soeder has sky-rocketed in polls, well ahead of other potential contenders to campaign as chancellor for the conservative bloc in next year’s elections.

Soeder’s standing among voters has been burnished by his impressive performance during the coronavirus crisis, and the 53-year-old from Nuremberg is the second-most popular German politician behind Merkel. He is well ahead of other challengers to succeed her when her term ends in the fall of 2021, according to recent polls.

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But he admitted that he knew the chancellor would not be in to receive the bus of refugees: “That’s out of the question. The Bavarian regional government is not considered to be an ally of Merkel on the refugee issue, with Bavaria ’s Prime Minister Horst Seehofer threatening to file a constitutional

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Soeder heads the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. Traditionally, the CDU has fielded the conservative group’s chancellor candidate, and both times a CSU member ran -- Franz Josef Strauss in 1980 and Edmund Stoiber in 2002 -- they were unsuccessful.

“There are good reasons why the CSU has never provided the chancellor,” Soeder said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “I will help with all my strength to make sure things go well for Germany but my task is in Bavaria.”

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Other possible Merkel successors include Social Democratic Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who is the vice chancellor in her ruling coalition, North Rhine-Westphalia Premier Armin Laschet of the CDU and Greens co-leader Robert Habeck.

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He says that Mrs Merkel 's decision to step down as CDU leader but stay on as chancellor creates friction in the system. Popular in Saarland and Berlin, she has an unpretentious style and a reputation for calm analysis as well as political acumen.

Merkel said Monday she would not stand for re-election in December as leader of her centre-right CDU party, but that she planned to see out her fourth term as German leader. The transition period set by Merkel is a long time in politics, and even CDU heavyweights are publicly voicing doubts on whether

In a direct vote for chancellor, Soeder would win 41% of the vote, Habeck 20% and Scholz 14%, according to a Forsa poll for RTL/n-tv published Saturday. If Laschet were the conservative candidate, he would get only 19%, compared with 20% for Habeck and 19% for Scholz, the poll showed.

Soeder told Bild am Sonntag there is no need for Merkel’s conservative bloc to rush to choose its candidate. The CDU must first choose a new leader at a party meeting in early December after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer decided to step aside.

“We’ll think about the timing of choosing the chancellor candidate after the CDU congress,” Soeder said. “It doesn’t have to be January, it could also happen only in March. A drawn-out election campaign with an active chancellor doesn’t make much sense.”

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More ominously for Ms Merkel , he also hinted that the CSU could tear up its alliance of almost 70 years with the CDU and go it alone, setting itself up as a rival to its one-time partner. The CSU “fulfils a mission as a bourgeous-conservative party that extends far beyond Bavaria ”, he wrote.

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