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Friedrich Merz assesses his chances of being a CDU chairman well. He criticizes the Corona economic policy and the CDU women’s quota.



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Friedrich Merz wants to continue to be CDU leader.


The former Union Group leader and Candidate for the CDU party chair Friedrich Merz sees good chances that he could become the next CDU leader. “I have a lot of support in the party and I’m standing for election again because I am convinced that it can succeed,” he told the “Bild”.

“I am clearly ahead in the party leadership polls and I am still convinced that I have one at the base of the CDU clear majority “, Merz reasoned his confidence.

The successor to party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to be elected at the 33rd CDU party conference in Stuttgart from December 3 to 5. In addition to Merz, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen, and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet had announced their candidacies.

Because of the corona crisis Merz sees a large number of bankruptcies facing the German economy: “Many companies are already on the brink of insolvency. Only with the longer application deadlines will the full force of the wave shift into autumn. ”

The corona pandemic has also shown that border closures are possible if necessary, said Merz. With regard to 2015, he demanded: “The loss of control at our borders must not repeat itself with virtually unlimited immigration.”

Friedrich Merz: skeptical of the quota for women

Merz was also critical of the plans for a women’s quota in the CDU. “Perhaps we will succeed in creating a better representation of women in the party as a whole,” he said in favor of an incentive system. This was better “than an ordered quota from above”.

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After a long debate, the CDU constitutional commission had voted for the introduction of a binding quota for women within the party. By 2025, according to this proposal, half of the party executive boards at district level must be made up of men and women.

However, the delegates had the last word on the women’s quota at the CDU party conference planned for December.dpa, AFP)

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