The field of candidates for the CDU chairmanship is growing: Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, wants to be the successor to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and, in combination with Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is intended as party vice, Laschet should be awarded the contract , “Our country needs more cohesion, especially more confidence. You also have to radiate that government is fun, that you don’t think about it every morning: when will the coalition finally end? But that you have an idea of where you want to develop Germany. And we can and must bring our party and our country together again, ”said the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia. Friedrich Merz also submitted his application. The former chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group immediately ushered in the internal party election campaign. “Perhaps I can put it that way without coming close to my friend Armin Laschet, but from today on we have the alternative between continuity and departure and renewal. I stand for the departure and renewal of the CDU, ”said Merz. The former Federal Minister for the Environment, Norbert ROttgen, was the first to declare that he wanted to stand for election. He announced that he would like to fill the second position of the CDU leadership with a woman. The CDU chairmanship will be decided on April 25 at a party conference in Berlin.