Seeon (dpa) - CSU leader Markus Söder has confirmed his firm will to fill ministerial posts in Berlin and has not ruled out a change of CSU ministers in the federal government.
The party must show in some places beyond the content, "that our claim will go beyond 2021," said the Bavarian Prime Minister on Wednesday at the CSU parliamentary group's retreat in the Upper Bavarian Seeon monastery.
For an election to be successful, it was crucial to generate more momentum, said Söder and emphasized: "I will make my contribution as the CSU boss in addition to the reorganization of the content." This includes the need for additional personnel. "The survey values of individual people are always a yardstick for us," said Söder.
According to reports, however, it has not yet been decided when a cabinet reshuffle is due in the federal government. It can be heard from the CSU that the development in the surveys will only partially determine the timing. The new CSU ministers would need enough time to generate new momentum for the upcoming Bundestag election, which is due in 2021 at the latest.
The internal debate is also fueled by a survey published by the Bavarian Radio on Wednesday, according to which the Bavarians are sometimes very dissatisfied with the three CSU ministers in the federal government. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer is at the bottom, who only gets 16 percent approval and is also responsible for the toll debacle in an investigation committee.
Development Minister Gerd Müller did slightly better with 27 percent and Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer with 39 percent. Scheuer is the only one that is mostly critically evaluated by CSU supporters. 52 percent of Bavaria are in favor of a reshuffle.
The CSU leadership therefore makes Berlin, in particular, responsible for the party's 36 percent poll in Bavaria: "This poll is a clear mean of the political situation in the federal government and in Bavaria," said Secretary General Markus Blume. He referred to the high approval ratings for Söder and the state government and emphasized: «It is clear to see that the challenges lie in the federal government. We can and must grow there. »At the same time, the CSU general secretary confirmed:« The Greens are and will remain our main competitor. »
Söder had already called for a reshaping and rejuvenation of the black-red federal cabinet and a reorganization by the middle of the year at the start of the year - a "future team" was necessary for the period after the Bundestag election. CDU boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer did not rule this out and called Soder's idea “a possibility”. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), on the other hand, repeatedly stated that she works well and enjoys working with her ministers. The SPD also sees no need for change among its ministers.