The race for the CDU presidency will be decided in January, but the new party leader will not automatically become the union’s candidate for chancellor. Wolfgang Schäuble is in favor of a late decision in the spring.

Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) considers it possible that the Union candidate for Chancellor comes from the CSU. The number of candidates for the candidacy for chancellor is manageable, and it “could be someone from the CSU,” Schäuble said in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Friday edition).

“Every CDU president must be qualified to become a chancellor candidate and chancellor – and want to,” Schäuble added. ‘But it could also be someone else. Franz Josef Strauss and Edmund Stoiber of the CSU were also known as candidates for chancellor. ‘

Farewell to a “strong chancellor”

In the interview, Schäuble advocated making the decision about the candidate for chancellor as late as possible. That should happen next year “between Easter and Pentecost”. Pentecost is at the end of May and the general elections take place at the end of September. Schäuble justified his recommendation to wait as long as possible to determine the candidate for chancellor by saying it would be difficult for a candidate to stand up alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

Whoever that becomes should ensure that the time next to “such a strong chancellor” does not take too long, Schäuble said. As Chancellor Merkel is “so strong that there is little room for political leadership in the Union alongside her”.

Unlike the election of the CDU presidency two years ago, Schäuble has not committed to any of the candidates. In 2019 he supported the candidacy of Friedrich Merz (CDU) to succeed Angela Merkel at the top of the party. Merz then lost to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The next CDU leader will be determined in January at a digital party conference with a subsequent vote by mail.

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