Chancellor reveals who she thinks will succeed her
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support for the party’s candidate Armin Laschet (CDU, Christian Democratic Union of Germany) as her possible successor at a rally on Saturday to launch the CDU/CSU election campaign. She said she was “deeply convinced” that Laschet would be the German chancellor after the elections.
In her speech, she praised Laschet by saying that he always strived to “put the human being and their inviolable dignity at the centre,” and to “build bridges between people based on our Christian vision of man.”
Markus Soder, leader of the CSU (Bavarian Christian Social Union) is less certain. He called on the party alliance to “finally launch a sensible election campaign.” Everyone has to understand how much is at stake now, he pointed out. “I want Armin Laschet to be the chancellor, not Olaf Scholz or Annalena Baerbock,” Mr Soder added.
Although CDU/CSU led the popularity polls for a long time, the party alliance has recently began to lose support, with the SDP (Social Democratic Party of Germany) catching up. SPD’s chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz is mostly “winning” in the polls, while Laschet ranks third behind Green Party’s candidate Annalena Baerbock.
The Bundestag (parliamentary) election is scheduled for 26 September.
Armin Laschet, the state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia was elected the new president of the ruling Christian Democratic Union of Germany at the beginning of January, replacing the resigning Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. In the race for presidency, Laschet, who is determined to continue Merkel’s policy, received 521 votes, while traditional conservative politician Friedrich Merz, who was considered the favourite for quite a while, collected 466 ballots. The third candidate, Norbert Rottgen, an advocate for environmental protection, was eliminated in the first round of voting.