Merz also expresses doubts about Jamaica

NSThe mood at the CDU is becoming increasingly tense. A few days before the CDU and CSU wanting to conduct first exploratory talks with the FDP to form a Jamaica coalition, support for this option and for Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet is dwindling among its own ranks. After deputy federal chairman of the CDU and health minister Jens Spahn expressed doubts on Thursday about the formation of an alliance of the Union, Greens and FDP and about the political future of CDU chairman Armin Laschet, more prominent (and also less prominent) voices. on Friday.

The CDU politician, re-elected to the Bundestag after a long break, spoke very strongly Friedrich Merza, who was initially defeated by Laschet in the battle for party leadership, but supported him in the election campaign. Speaking to the Funke media group newspapers, Merz questioned whether the Union would even come close to entering into coalition negotiations or whether it would stick with “preliminary explorations” with the FDP and the Greens. “If I estimate correctly, it is currently moving more towards traffic lights,” said Merz. There seem to be very intense talks between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. “As a runner-up, we have to put our claims on hold at this point.”

The deputy political group leader and head of the SME Union, Carsten Linnemann, spoke accordingly. “The probability of a traffic light coming is not only obvious, but also very high,” he told ARD. The SPD won the elections and the Union had to admit it. In the event that the SPD, Greens and FDP couldn’t agree on a traffic light alliance, but Linnemann believes a Jamaica coalition is possible.

‘Strategic mistake of the Union’

Merz, who has long had a tense relationship with the Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized his party very fundamentally. The “greatest strategic mistake of the Union” of the past three years was made when Merkel announced in October 2018 that he would no longer be party leader, but would remain chancellor until the elections. “This made it clear that we would go to the Bundestag election without an official bonus from the Chancellery.” According to Merz, it would have been better if “the correct transfer of party and Chancellery had taken place early”.

Merz strongly criticized the election campaign CDU. This was drafted “far too late”, “the headlines, the topics and the media strategy were missing.” About the candidate for chancellor, Merz said: “We had a candidate with very low popular opinion. An election victory would have been a minor miracle.”

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