Germany Day without CSU boss: Söder cancels JU meetings surprisingly

The Junge Union’s Germany Day is considered a mood test for the Union after the messed up federal election. There could also be a pointer to who will succeed CDU leader Laschet. Surprisingly, CSU boss Söder can now cancel his participation at short notice.

CSU boss Markus Söder will not take part in the Junge Union’s Germany Day on Saturday as planned. A CSU spokesman confirmed this when asked. Instead, he takes part in a CSU base event in Upper Franconia. At the three-day meeting of the Union’s youngsters, which begins tomorrow, Friday, numerous CDU top politicians have announced themselves, who are being traded as possible applicants for the party leadership.

On Saturday, CDU boss Armin Laschet will also speak at the JU Germany Day in Münster. The appearance of Söder was eagerly awaited because there had recently been criticism of the behavior of the CSU boss in the election campaign. Bavaria’s Prime Minister also did not take part in the Federal Council meeting in Berlin last Friday.

Light headwind a week ago

Recently there was a slight headwind from the youth organization of the CDU. A week ago at the national assembly of the Junge Union, the delegates voted with a large majority to delete Söder’s name from a passage in the declaration that the JU regional executive had drafted to deal with the defeat in the federal election. The reason for the symbolic vote were reservations that Söder had become the dominant figure in his party.

Teamwork and not a one-man show is necessary, said delegate Stefan Meitinger, who brought in the motion to delete Söder’s name with applause. “It is time (…) to form a powerful, fresh team behind our strong workhorse Markus Söder, which credibly covers the entire spectrum of a people’s party”, it said in the original draft. In the version that was finally adopted, the “draft horse Markus Söder” was missing, only the “fresh team” remained.

The meeting leadership had tried to defuse the vote and submit a compromise proposal, but was not heard. “No,” rang out the hall. The vote does not mean an uprising against Söder. The 300 or so JU delegates applauded Söder’s speech beforehand.