The Start of the new year is for the long notoriously fractious Union sisters is quite promising. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is pied in the beginning of January at the CSU exam so demonstrative as the new CDU leader, that it is some almost too much.

Well, a week later, the CDU celebrates-top-of-the CSU-Mann, Manfred Weber, in the highest terms as a first common top candidate for the European elections. So much harmony was rare between the CDU and the CSU. Just how long does that last?

Crucially depends on the two new peaks. Six weeks after the election of Kramp-Karrenbauer, succeeding long-time CDU leader Angela Merkel selects the CSU on Saturday the Prime Minister, Markus Söder, the successor of Horst Seehofer as party Chairman. The turning point in the Union is so perfect.

A conservative citizen of Saarland and considered a Hardliner well-known Franke: After the dispute, Merkel and Seehofer to the migration policy, which would have blown up the Union of the family almost, are the CDU and the CSU, and thus AKK and Söder -, so to speak, at the mercy of the harmony, damn it. Both don’t know: Go to the survey values clear to the top and entered the Union in the European elections, as well as the difficult regional elections in the East, no successes, should leave the discussions. The Central question will be: Is to curb the success of the right-wing populists of the AfD?

However, there is actually a new closeness after years of fierce noise? The warmth between Kramp-Karrenbauer and the CSU land group chief Alexander Dobrindt for the exam in Seeon in any event not have been played, says a CSU man, was there. The position of their opponents, the ACC was merely a kind of Mini-Merkel, believed on in the CSU-top, probably only a few. Seehofer has warned early, the Saar countries. Others in the CSU-top to say: The big difference is that the political compass of Merkel’s pragmatism – and that of their successor, by contrast, a value-based Christian democracy.

For a large part of the members and supporters of the CDU and the CSU, the change at the top are probably a good message, albeit for very different reasons. While the Chancellor has gambled since the refugee crisis of 2015, when many in the CSU and the CDU credit, saw many recently in Seehofer is a Problem for the future of the Union and the Federal government.

Both sides have now clearly recognized that the manner in which the dispute between the CDU and the CSU have all hurt, – stated in the CDU leadership. So not a bad starting may have AKK and Söder position for a new way of dealing with each other: they go largely unencumbered in the new time. A hint of a new beginning Woe to by both parties, according to the CSU Board of management in Munich. Also in the CDU Presidium, the Confidence outweighs, because the more than 18 years under Merkel retracted structures are broken up.

In the CSU, you are now glad that Kramp-Karrenbauer, and not Friedrich Merz in the fight for the boss’s chair in the CDU Headquarters. “For the future, to make her more confidence,” says one from the CSU-top. Merz have forgiven the CSU, she was involved after the election in 2002, at its demo days as a Union leader. At the same time, you can see in AKK an ally, you should aim for the Chancellor, once again, to “middle course”.

thematically, hope Söder and many others in the CSU, with Kramp-Karrenbauer a stronger conservative based in the Union’s policy moves in. For the CSU, the important topic of pension about the new CDU-Boss for many Christian social more interest than Merkel. And also in other areas, such as the scepticism of the marriage for All or the double-pass Kramp is likely to be-karrenbauer at least as conservative as many in the CSU. Also the close cooperation in the European elections with a common election program and the Premiere of a common top candidate is expected to contribute to reconciliation, hope in the CDU and the CSU alike.

Crucial for the relationship between Kramp-Karrenbauer and Söder, as well as the CSU, such as the for the 10./11. February, please put “Workshop” of the CDU runs to Migration, security and Integration. The refugee policy should be considered for 2015 critical, and if necessary, consequences will be drawn. It creates Kramp-Karrenbauer, the reconcile critic of Merkel’s migration policy in its own ranks and in the CSU? A broken dish on your promoter of and allies, Merkel wants to avoid.

However, even if the new CDU-Chairman manages the balancing act on the issue of Migration: social, as well as Dobrindt and other leading Christian sure that it will be in the future-time trouble. “We are siblings, but not twins,” says Kramp-Karrenbauer on the last Monday in the television station Phoenix. The Union had always been particularly strong, “if we have adds in the differences in each other”. This means, “also in dispute in the case” and if it is worthwhile, she says, and warns: But above all things in a proper tone.

dpa

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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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