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.”
Merz, however, did not demand immediate personnel consequences. When asked whether Laschet continued to have his support, he replied: “I am very old-fashioned: if we have elected a chairman, I will support him as long as he gets a chance to do his job. And he still has that chance.” How long that will last remains to be seen. “We are now in an extremely sensitive and uncertain phase of German politics.”
Carrot and stick of the CSU
The chairman of the Saxon state group in the Bundestag, Carsten Körber, went to court with Laschet. “Laschet was kind of a leader in the election campaign,” he told Deutschlandfunk.
Meanwhile, the CSU continues its strategy of carrot and stick: for one day, it provokes and criticizes the sister party and its chairman in almost every way imaginable, and presents itself to the others as a very constructive part of the Union community.
Friday morning it was carrot time again. The CSU is ready for concentrated and fast-paced discussions with the aim of a Jamaica Coalition, Secretary-General Markus Blume said after an executive committee meeting in Munich. “We as CSU want to do everything we can to ensure that the existing opportunity is also used.” It should not be the secondary tones, but the “maximum concentration” should be aimed at the goal “to investigate whether there is a possibility To actually realize Jamaica”.
CSU boss Markus Söder on Tuesday had almost pushed the formation of a Jamaican coalition into the realm of fabulous fantasies with his statement that Olaf Scholz had the best chance of becoming chancellor. flowers now the final alliance with the Greens and the FDP with all their might. Jamaica is “very well balanced” between the basic political directions, the alliance can – unlike a traffic light coalition – “more than separate”.
Blume went on to say, “Jamaica has an opportunity, and Jamaica has charm, too.” About the relationship between south and addressing Armin Laschet, the secretary general of the CSU said, “I think the exchange is very good.”
Laschet could no longer be held
Aside from the microphones, however, the CSU makes it clear that it expects this exchange to end soon. Laschet could no longer be held. Meanwhile, the Bavarian sister estimates the vote of the majority of CDU politicians as so devastating towards Laschet that the Munich whip doesn’t need to be pulled so hard anymore.
The mood, which had been bad since election night, was getting worse every day in the CDU, according to the assessment. But he still lacks the courage to openly say goodbye to Laschet. But courage has never been very widespread in the CDU, it adds.
Either way, Laschet is not expected to have successful negotiations with the Greens and FDP in the CSU. He lacks experience at the federal level. If at all possible, Jamaica is not as easy to get there as a coalition with the FDP in North Rhine-Westphalia.