The CDU is not only looking for a new start in terms of content, but also a new start in terms of personnel. Party Vice Breher can imagine a completely new approach that is already experienced in other parties. You yourself are not ready for the party chairmanship. Several CDU prime ministers are also waving their hand.
The deputy CDU chairwoman Silvia Breher can imagine a dual leadership in her party. “I am basically open to this,” said Breher of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. She does not see a majority for this at the moment. But the question has to be discussed. She herself is available for leadership positions in the CDU. “I would like to continue to contribute and actively shape the modernization of the CDU,” said the 48-year-old. The SPD, the Greens, the AfD and the Left currently have dual leadership.
In an interview with “t-online”, however, Breher made it clear that she is not available for the party chairmanship. This is “currently not up for discussion” for them. The reason is that her children also have “at least one right” to spend time with her as a mother.
Breher criticized the lack of career opportunities for women in her party. “Over the years, we often had women in top positions who tended to have no children. Ursula von der Leyen was an exception. But many women in the party put their faith in their careers completely Party has to decide whether you want a career or children. ” And that is “partly also the problem of the CDU.”
For them, however, it is not decisive “whether we have a man or a woman at the top in the end, but that we finally find our way back to the team idea,” said Breher of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” on. “We need team spirit now,” she warned. It is about a team that reflects the currents of the party and in which women are also represented. In terms of content, the party must “find clear positions that go beyond formula compromises”. Should the Union be in opposition, it will be easier to point out differences.
Kuban wants a generation change
Breher is skeptical about a possible member survey for the office of party leader. “A member’s decision is not only a great savior. This can be seen in the SPD, which has had dubious experiences with it,” said the CDU deputy chief. On the other hand, the head of the Junge Union, Tilman Kuban, emphasized: “Whoever becomes chairman, however, has to be decided by the entire party.” The CDU needs a candidate behind whom the whole party can gather, Kuban told the editorial network Germany. He reiterated his call for a generation change. “Now is the time to give new minds a chance.”
Kuban called on the Union to develop a new culture of discussion and a culture of compromise. “We have to learn again to discuss controversial issues internally and to represent the compromise or decision that has been found to the outside world together.” The Junge Union meets from Friday to Sunday in Münster for its Germany Day. Several top politicians from the CDU are also expected there, who are traded as possible applicants for the party leadership. But Kuban emphasized: “We have great young women who now have to become more visible.”
After the historic election debacle of the Union with Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, the CDU wants to re-elect the entire federal executive committee at a special party conference. It remains to be seen whether the party congress will take place in December or in January. Possible applicants for the CDU leadership are above all the economic expert Friedrich Merz, Health Minister Jens Spahn, the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen, Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus and the economic politician Carsten Linnemann.
Several CDU prime ministers have already given up. Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer told the “Sächsische Zeitung”: “I will remain loyal to Saxony.” The 46-year-old emphasized: “I have an important task in Saxony that I not only have to fulfill, but also want to fulfill.” Schleswig-Holstein’s head of government Daniel Günther had also declared that he would be happy to help with the reorganization of the CDU, “but not on the front line”.