It’s a choice actually fight event by Peter Liese, the leading candidate for the North Rhine-Westphalian CDU for the European elections on may 26. May. In the depths of the Sauerland.

But the focus of CDU-Boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and economic expert Friedrich Merz and such as the earlier competitors, work around the party presidency on Friday evening with each other, position. The Sauerland (63) is located in the rifle hall in Eslohe with great jubilation. Home. The citizen of Saarland (56), the first gets only polite applause.

The lawyer Merz says Kramp-karrenbauer only times clear of his support. “I would like the CDU of Germany, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, our Chairman, is successful. And I would like to contribute.” In December he lost to her in the election for party chairmanship. Some had feared infighting.

On Friday, it goes to Merz, especially with a sense of humour – almost handmade-style talk-and tried it with a charm Offensive in the direction of STH: As if they had been rivals before the Congress, “we have seen each other relatively frequently. And it was also enjoyable.”

Merz is considered to be politically ambitious, had brought several times for a Minister to talk to. In June, he will be running as Vice-President of the CDU economic Council, as his spokesman, Armin Peter says. To be the undisputed Supervisory Board mandate at the banking house of HSBC, he lays down soon – which is, of all things, known shortly before the election occurs.

Kramp-Karrenbauer had stressed in January, Merz will play “an important role” in bringing the CDU up to the front. In the face of speculation about a possibly in the future leading political role for the 63-Year-old some had expected a hint in Eslohe, in the hall, a sign is held “Registrar Merz” high. Finally, for the first Time since December that the two sides occur to side publicly with speeches. This is the ACC but nothing to elicit.

she blabs out of the sewing box, touches on a variety of topics, from Nato to climate protection and promotes especially for a stronger Europe. The ACC warns of a real risk of a “new nationalism”. And: “We want to play as Europe in the world.” The audience – approximately 1000 people in the audience, comes up to temperature.

In six weeks, will be elected to the European Parliament, in the autumn of three regional elections in Eastern Germany. And the survey values are not intoxicating, because maximum Unity is important. “I am pleased that we have such a good mood in the Christian Democratic Union,” stresses Merz. He has as a speaker for a “moderation” only 5 minutes, covers. AKK gets 30 minutes and at the end of vigorous applause.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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