Comment on the CDU: Helge Braun is a surprising alternative


The candidacy of Angela Merkel’s Chancellery Minister Helge Braun for the CDU chairmanship will shake the party again. So far, the Christian Democrats have assumed that they will tend to see old acquaintances in the fight for the top post. Norbert Röttgen is applying for the second time, and Friedrich Merz will probably want to know a third time.

With Braun’s application, the Christian Democrats have a surprising alternative. You can (presumably) decide between the emotional-conservative economic politician and Merkel critic Merz, the intellectual Röttgen, who recently won a lot of sympathy among the youth and the grassroots for his course. And just Helge Braun, the Merkel confidante.

Will Merkel’s foundation be used for the future?

It should make the members think about whether Merkel’s legacy should be broken or her era should also be used as a foundation for the future. Braun is also district and district chairman of the conservative Hesse CDU and thus part of the base. There the frustration after the election failure can be grasped in concrete terms. And some in the party who want a new departure with a clear edge have wondered whether it would be wise to turn away from Merkel and her middle-class politics.

After all, the victorious SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz provided more than Laschet with continuity after Merkel in the election campaign. The new leader will have to ensure that the personnel quarrels and trench warfare stop. Otherwise the Union will keep the SPD man Scholz in the Chancellery for a long time.


Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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