Söder’s harsh judgment on Laschet: "Germans wanted other candidates for chancellor"

While the CDU is only slowly recovering from the severe election defeat, CSU boss Söder speaks plain language. Armin Laschet was the wrong candidate for chancellor, and there was no clear strategy in the election campaign. He sees the blame here primarily on the sister party.

CSU boss Markus Söder attributes the bad result of the union in the federal election to the unpopular chancellor candidate Armin Laschet and a weak campaign strategy. “It’s just like that: in the end, the Germans wanted a different candidate for chancellor than the one that the CDU and CSU have put up,” said Söder at the national assembly of the Junge Union in Deggendorf. “Just as it played a role that we weren’t quite sure from the start which strategy we were actually pursuing in terms of content.” The CSU had hoped for “substantive accents of renewal”.

As an example, Söder cited the demand for tax relief for the middle class, company founders and top performers. “Just pointing out that nothing will change is not motivation, not stimulation.” Without naming the CDU by name, Söder called on the sister party not to ingratiate themselves with the FDP and the Greens in Berlin in order to remain in the government. “It is the turn of the traffic light,” said the CSU boss. It is difficult to just sit in front of the door and wait for the traffic light to pull you in if you happen to be stuck in negotiations. “We are not just the permanent replacement candidate.”

Söder called the election defeat a turning point for the CDU and CSU. “The Union has lost everywhere, broad and deep. (…) We are only fourth among the young voters.” The CSU also had a bad result, “a very bad one”. “It was also the case that our own staff did not pull as we expected.”