During his speech on Thursday in Berlin, the Christian Democrats’ candidate for the chancellor of Germany and the leader of the CDU party, Armin Laschet, left the question of his resignation as party leader open and announced “personal reshuffles” in the party. According to the RND media group, he said the party needed a fresh start.
At the evening press conference, the Christian Democrat candidate for German chancellor and the leader of the CDU party, Armin Laschet, said that he would like the party to “start anew, with new people” and that it should be done by consensus.
As he emphasized, a party conference should be held on this matter. Laschet did not give a specific date, but assured that the personnel reorganization would be carried out quickly. The CDU leader emphasized that the following rule must apply: first the country, then the party, and then the unit. – It’s not about Armin Laschet. It is about a project for this country, he stressed.
Media: changes in the leadership of the CDU are preparing
Laschet suggested that he might step down as party leader. After massive criticism of the poor result of the Christian Democrats in the Bundestag elections in September, Laschet wants to initiate personnel reshuffles in the CDU leadership, writes the website of the weekly “Der Spiegel”.
There should be no “renewed personal battle,” said Laschet, quoted by the newspaper, at a faction meeting. The daily “Bild” writes that Laschet’s words were: “If things get better with other people, they will be glad”.
The CDU leader expresses his readiness for coalition talks
He declared that, as the leader of the CDU, he was still ready for coalition talks and had the support of the party leadership. The head of the CDU also hinted that the CDU / CSU Christian Democratic party bloc is open to negotiations with the liberal FDP and the Greens on the creation of a government coalition. “We’re not slamming the door,” he said. He also said that the Social Democratic SPD is a “bad partner” for the Greens and liberals. In the Bundestag elections at the end of September, the CDU / CSU achieved the worst result in its history – 24.1 percent and lost to the social democratic SPD. Since then, Laschet, who was elected chairman of the CDU in January this year, has come under heavy criticism.
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