CDU plans special party conference on April 25 or May 9 - page 1
The CDU plans to elect its new chairman at a special party conference on April 25 or May 9 in Berlin. The dpa and AFP news agencies learned from party circles that the date had not yet been finalized. A corresponding schedule had been discussed in the morning at the Presidium meeting under the chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
In addition to North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet, ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz and Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn are potential candidates for the CDU chairmanship. The CDU foreign politician Norbert Röttgen had also already declared his candidacy.
The outgoing CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had met in the morning before the presidium meeting with a very close management group, among others from her deputies, for advice at the party headquarters. Laschet took part in this. The deliberations should also deal with the question of how to position yourself towards the Left Party and the AfD in the future. The party leadership has so far spoken out clearly against any cooperation with both parties.
It is still unclear whether there will be a fight candidate at the special party conference. The team solution hoped for by many for the future party presidency seemed questionable at last.