Internal Security, Economy, 5G: What Topics Should the CDU Enter into the 2021 Super Election Year? The Chancellor wants to discuss this in the Chancellery on Sunday – with almost everyone who has weight in the party.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to set the course for the substantive work of the coming months during a strategy meeting with the CDU ministers. Merkel wants to draw up some sort of battle plan for the remainder of the term in a round with the CDU officials in the government on Sunday afternoon. Cabinet members are asked to search in their respective fields for topics that in the opinion of the union should be promoted.

Merkel has invited a number of high-ranking CDU members to the Chancellery: Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier, Minister of Health Jens Spahn, Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner, Minister of Education Anja Karliczek, Minister of Defense and CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, group chairman Ralph Brinkhaus and State Secretary Annette Widmann-Mauzmann (Migration, integration) and Monika Grütters (culture). Head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun, is also in attendance.

Merkel wants a schedule for major CDU issues

Merkel is said to have made it clear internally before the meeting that it was now the turn of the CDU to put pressure on the government to perform in key areas beyond the major Corona issue. Accordingly, the Chancellor aims for a specific timetable, in which projects important for the Union have yet to be implemented.

This likely means that the CDU wants to enter the 2021 super election year with a positive government balance with the federal elections in the fall and a total of six state elections. Ultimately, the impression should not be created that the SPD in particular could score, it said.

Internal security, economy, 5G

Internal security with important security laws or a strategy for future cyber defense and business and social affairs, digital education, artificial intelligence, the expansion of the high-speed 5G telecommunications network or the topic of animal welfare were mentioned as topics for the consultations. Information to the public about the results was therefore not planned.

Deputy spokeswoman Martina Fietz said the Chancellor is in regular contact with ministers. The meeting should also serve as a preparation for the consultation with the prime ministers of the federal states on Tuesday. Most recently, Merkel and the heads of state discussed the necessary measures in the pandemic in a video link in late August.

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