Reorganization at party congress: Laschet announces withdrawal from the CDU chairmanship

The CDU has to look for a chairman again. After the severe defeat in the federal election, party leader Laschet announces a new beginning. He wanted to moderate this.

CDU boss Armin Laschet has announced his withdrawal. He only wanted to remain chairman of the Christian Democrats until a successor was found. He said that according to ntv information during deliberations of the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag. At the same time, he announced a new line-up at a party congress. The goal is “to make a fresh start with new personalities”, he said afterwards. He wanted to moderate this.

Numerous conferences with district and regional associations as well as a special meeting on the situation in East Germany are also planned. “It’s not about the person Armin Laschet,” he said. “It’s about the project for the country.” A party could renew itself in the government, but also in the opposition. Once again, the 60-year-old affirmed that the Union was ready for a Jamaica coalition.

Laschet had only taken over the chief position in the CDU in January. In doing so, he had prevailed within the party against the former parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz and against the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. With him as the top candidate, however, the Union had suffered a severe setback in the federal election and ended up behind the SPD. Since then, the number of voices calling for Laschet to resign has increased almost daily.

Now that the Social Democrats are exploring the possibilities of a joint coalition with the FDP and the Greens, the Union, after 16 years in which it led the government, faces the increasingly realistic prospect of being in opposition for at least four years. It is true that the Union has signaled that it will remain ready to negotiate for its own coalition with the FDP and the Greens in the event that the talks fail. But internally hardly anyone expects this option.

Within the Union, it is currently assumed that such an alliance would not fail because of the SPD, but rather because of the contradictions between the FDP and the Greens, according to parliamentary groups. The Union would then need these two parties for an alliance itself.

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Just a few days ago, Laschet had also announced that he would withdraw from the post of Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia at the end of October because he wanted to take up his Bundestag mandate in Berlin. At this point in time, it was also not completely clear with whom the Greens and the FDP wanted to go into in-depth discussions.

Since the Union parliamentary group has already elected its top, everything now points to a political existence for Laschet as a simple member of parliament.