Berlin (AFP) Before the CDU party congress in Leipzig board member Herbert Reul has sharply criticized the image of the Christian Democrats. The party-internal noise was "foolish" and "irresponsible," said Reul AFP news agency. The critical remarks of recent weeks and months are "not constructive because they do not serve the cause," but are connected with persons. Above all, the former faction leader Friedrich Merz, but also economic politicians such as Carsten Linnemann and the head of the Young Union (JU), Tilman Kuban, had recently reported more with criticism of the party leadership and the grand coalition to speak.