CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has urged her critics inside the party to come out of cover. Anyone who wants to clarify the question of the chancellor candidate against their will should solicit majorities at the federal party conference in late November in Leipzig, she called for a CDU board meeting. At the meeting, the head of the junior organization Junge Union (JU), Tilmann Kuban, had doubted the suitability of Kramp-Karrenbauer as chancellor candidate and demanded a quick clarification.
She had pointed out that she had applied for the presidency, which was open to all as a possibility, Kramp-Karrenbauer said. She thus blames the responsibility to present the decision on, among other things, the candidate for chancellor's candidacy at the party congress 2020. The JU had recently demanded on its Germany day against the will of the party leader a primary election of the chancellor candidate.
Kramp-Karrenbauer said the CDU had "for good reason" always stuck to the chancellery and party chairmanship, "because if that's not the case, you'll feel the unrest we're having in the party right now." Chancellor Angela Merkel had given up her position as CDU chief in 2018. Then Kramp-Karrenbauer had prevailed at a party congress against Friedrich Merz.
Kramp-Karrenbauer also considers the debates over the leadership of the party to be a factor in the state elections in Thuringia. The losses of the SPD and CDU would have "mainly done something that cooperation in the grand coalition is not perceived as positive, regardless of what is achieved in the matter in the government." Another reason is that both parties are currently too busy with internals: the SPD with their search for a new leadership duo, and "in the CDU there are indeed discussions that are well-known."
In the state elections in Thuringia, the CDU slid with 21.8 percent of the vote in third place behind the left andAfD. The SPD received only 8.2 percent of the vote.