After more than a week of power struggle, German Christian democrats appointed a party leader for the upcoming election campaign. The final choice rests with Armin Laschet, the leader of the CDU. The leader challenger of the Bavarian sister party CSU, Markus Söder, accepted the decision of the CDU board of directors.
“Dead, Armin Lachette is ours Prime Minister candidateSodell said at the beginning of the afternoon: “The public duel between the two seriously damaged the not-so-good image of Lachette and the party.
If you ask the population of Germany, the answer is clear: with Markus Söder as the leader of the party, allianceAs the CDU and CSU are called together, they are more likely to win elections. Week after week, recent polls have verified the popularity of Söder and the unpopularity of Laschet.
Choosing Söder increases damage
Söder is regarded as a strong leader, especially because of his direct corona policy, firm performance and clear slogan. On the other hand, Laschet has been widely criticized for his exaggerated ideas and solutions to the corona crisis. He wanted to relax for a while, and then he warned others to tighten the lock. In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia where he served as prime minister, support for him fell to an all-time low.
Why did it later become Laschet? For this politician, the answer to this question may not be very pleasing. Choosing Söder will do too much harm to the party. Laschet was not elected leader of the CDU until January this year, after a long internal battle. If he is pushed aside again through the Söder coup now, the loss of the party’s face will be huge. This will undermine the authority and power of the entire CDU summit meeting behind Lachette.
Of course, Laschet also has its advantages. It turns out that he can win elections several times, even if he is in bad shape in the polls. In 2017, he defeated the state’s most popular SPD candidate, and his opponent Friedrich Merz appeared to be more popular in the recent presidential election.
Laschet can deliver at a critical moment. He persuaded the members of the CDU with strong and emotional words about his father, a miner and trust. Laschet said his father once advised him: “Under the ground, no matter where you are from, the important thing is, can I rely on you when things go wrong? Tell people they can trust you.”
Laschet, 60, is a tenacious optimist and will not be discouraged. In a bad opinion poll: “Anyone can cite dozens of examples of how the opinion poll changes at the last minute.” Also this week, he received so much criticism that everyone else might be discouraged. Weekblad Der Spiegel described him as-in order to be hit and stay upright-as Rocky Balboa German politics.
In the process of cleaning up the rubble, he will need this kind of optimism. In the past week, many MPs and local CDU members expressed that they had no confidence in Laschet’s ability to attract voters. Some even say that they don’t want to run for him. He must persuade people inside and outside the party to participate.
The question is whether he can still expect Söder’s opposition. The Prime Minister of Bavaria has made it clear that he will join Lachette “without complaint”, and the unity of the party is now more important. However, if the CDU/CSU and Lachette’s polls are still not good, will he remain united? A politician from Colorado State University said today: “If we lose these elections, it will be the fault of the CDU government.”
Contrast with Greens
Lachette There is also a strong opponent since yesterday Leader of the Green Party: Annalena Baerbock. The party ranks second in public opinion polls, accounting for only 20% to 22%, lagging behind the CDU/CSU by 7-8 percentage points. A very sharp contrast has been formed: as a former party of insurgents and activists, the Green Party attended the meeting. Prime Minister candidate Baerbock is clearly harmonious and will not destroy internal disputes.