In the battle for the presidency of the CDU, Jens Spahn has so far backed NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet. But quite a few party members prefer to see Spahn himself at the top, they have now revealed.

Several CDU politicians have indicated to their fellow party member, federal health minister Jens Spahn, that they support a possible candidacy for party leadership. “I would be happy with many others if Jens Spahn stood for election,” said CDU board member Olav Gutting the “Spiegel”.

Bundestag CDU member Tino Sorge said of a possible Spahn candidacy, “He has my support.” MP Michael Hennrich also emphasized in the Spiegel that he sees Spahn as an ideal partner of the possible candidate for Chancellor Markus Söder (CSU). Both represent a generational change within the Union.

“Nobody really stands for departure”

In the running for president are NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet, ex-Union party leader Friedrich Merz and foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. In view of all three, Bundestag CDU member Nikolas Löbel said: “No one really stands for new beginnings and renewal.” After the chancellor, Spahn currently has the best polls.

The Minister of Health has so far supported Laschet’s candidacy. “I work well with Jens Spahn, we talk on the phone regularly and coordinate the baselines,” said Laschet in “Spiegel”. The party congress, on which the decision about the presidency must come, is scheduled for December 4.

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