The duel between Armin Laschet and Markus Söder for the candidacy for chancellor must unfortunately be seen as a violation of the duel rules that have been recognized across the country for more than a century.

This raises the question of the validity of the result.

First of all: both are neither nobles nor officers. Laschet was retired from the Bundeswehr, there is currently a photo of Söder in a red beret as a recruit in Transport Battalion 270. That is not enough. Only nobles, officers and students as well as civil professions recognized as knightly are entitled to duel, i.e. satisfactory; that politicians are one of them is always doubted.