Leipzig (dpa) - Immediately before the start of the CDU party congress in Leipzig, the pressure of pressure Chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer underpinned her leadership in the chancellor candidate process.

"I am the party leader who leads this process from scratch," she affirmed in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". "We decide that in autumn 2020 at our party congress. Anyone who wants to do otherwise, here in Leipzig has the opportunity to get in touch. »

This is aimed at the efforts of some CDU delegates to make a decision on the possibility of a ballot on the Chancellor candidate at the two-day delegates meeting starting on Friday. The Junge Union has requested this, which was understood as an affront to Kramp-Karrenbauer. However, there is little support in the party leadership because the CDU can not decide the K-question alone, but only together with the CSU. CSU boss Markus Söder, who will have a guest appearance on Saturday, has already insisted on it.

At the same time, Kramp-Karrenbauer was open to discussions at the party congress at the Leipzig Exhibition Center. "I am the" self-confident chairman "of a self-confident People's Party, she said in the ARD" Tagesthemen "addressed to party critics. "I would not be if I did not give room for discussion and for strong members, for strong delegates".

Anyone who is ambitious, that is, wants to make the CDU better and even more successful, "is a welcome addition to the team," said AKK. She was happy about the debate on Friday, at which Friedrich Merz will also speak. Merz can speak as a simple delegate only in the debate. But secretary general Paul Ziemiak has made it clear that despite the time limit, he will have plenty of time for it. On the one hand it deals with the subject matter that should concern us as a Union in the next few years, and on the other with the question of how the CDU can exploit its full potential in view of the recent poor election results, "he said «Picture» newspaper (Friday).

Merz was just inferior to Kramp-Karrenbauer one year ago in the presidential election and is considered to be her competitor in the Chancellor's candidacy - also in view of persistently weak poll numbers of the party and its chairmen as well as good personal poll ratings from Merz.

Before the debate Kramp-Karrenbauer will give her eagerly awaited speech. The party expects «from its chairman that it makes concrete proposals, where we want to go, how to proceed, what our policy should look like - this will be my task tomorrow in my speech, but also in the entire layout of the congress» Kramp-Karrenbauer in the ARD.

Also planned is the election of a vice chairwoman following Ursula von der Leyen, who will move to Brussels as EU Commission President. So far, the only candidate is the Lower Saxony member of parliament Silvia Breher. As a staff under Kramp-Karrenbauers Aegis also their voting result is eagerly awaited. In addition, the approximately 1,000 delegates will discuss the topics of digitization, democracy and innovation in three forums.

In several conflicting applications such as the possible use of the Chinese telecoms equipment Huawei in expanding the fast 5G network and in the women's quota, the party leadership on Thursday had tried to prevent an open dispute at the convention. Whether this also succeeds in the coalition compromise on the basic pension rejected by the leaders of the Junge Union and the SME Association (MIT) of the party, will be revealed only this Friday: Then the application committee wants to deal again with a corresponding request from JU and MIT.

In addition, at the party convention disputes are expected to motions to convert the Riester pension to a state mandatory pension, to counteract impending poverty in old age stronger. Above all, the business wing makes mobile. But the insurance industry also criticizes the idea.

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