North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet, who is running for the CDU presidency, has spoken out in favor of postponing the planned election party conference in early December due to the corona pandemic. What parties expect from citizens, they must do themselves: reduce contacts as much as possible. “This party congress is not absolutely necessary now, it can be postponed,” he told the “Welt am Sonntag” (“WamS”).
All pending questions could also be decided after the winter. “We must now focus all our strength, energy and efforts on fighting the pandemic. People in Germany understand less than ever that parties are now dealing with themselves. “
Laschet competes for the chair with the economic politician Friedrich Merz and the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. According to the RTL / ntv ‘trend barometer’ on Saturday, 45 percent of the CDU members would vote for Merz, 24 percent for Laschet and 13 percent for Röttgen if they could vote for themselves.
Merz absolutely wants the party conference to take place. “We have to let it go on, despite Corona – and we cannot allow the comparison to be made between the Volksfest, Oktoberfest and football game,” he said Thursday night at a CDU event in Hamburg.
The CDU leadership wants to decide on the party congress on Monday. It is considered to spread the event over several locations, with interconnection via video. According to information from dpa, the model could be a corresponding schedule for the conference of the state party of the Lower Saxony CDU on November 7.
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According to “WamS” information, CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak plans to present a similar draft to committees Monday, which was examined and approved by internal CDU lawyers and experts from the Interior Ministry. The CDU would not meet with 1,001 delegates in Stuttgart as previously planned, but with 100 to 200 delegates each in eight to 10 halls in Germany. The candidates’ speeches would be broadcast everywhere, the count would be under notarial supervision in every room.
Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans argued for this variant in the “WamS”, stating: “Postponing the party congress to spring next year would be the worst alternative.”
Also party leader Brinkhaus for postponement
The CDU member of the Bundestag Axel Fischer sees it the same way. “The CDU must clarify the leadership issue on December 4,” he told the German news agency. The Bundestag, with more than 700 members, also keeps its session weeks normally, with a hygiene concept. “That should also be possible at a one-day party conference with 1001 delegates. If necessary, the party conference of the CDU Germany can be held in a football stadium. The Gottlieb Daimler Stadium in Stuttgart would be a good alternative. “
The union leader in the Bundestag, Ralph Brinkhaus, said that as long as the number of new infections continues to rise at a high level, a party congress is unthinkable.
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach called for a cancellation. “The CDU cannot at the same time advocate the ban on smaller events and then gather more than 1000 people in one place. Politics has a role model function, so the CDU must cancel the party congress, ”he told the“ Bild am Sonntag ”.
According to a survey, a majority of citizens see it that way. 55 percent voted in a cantar survey on the newspaper, only 36 percent were in favor (no answer: 8 percent). (dpa)