German politician Armin Laschet is ready to resign from the presidency of the Christian Democratic Union. This was reported by the German media. Under his leadership, the Christian Democratic Party and its sister party CSU suffered a historic defeat in the September 26 parliamentary elections.
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Laschet is said to have said the party is ready for a fresh start and that he wants to help by stepping aside. Several witnesses noted that Laschet announced a “ministerial reshuffle” at a party conference, from the top to the committees. He argued that the party no longer needed a struggle between individuals, but rather a proposal for a common consensus.
The CDU leader is said to have said of his role in the exchange of information between his faction and the Bavarian sister party CSU in the Bundestag: “If others do better, please.” This was reported by the German news agency dpa. It sounded like “the project first, then the person”.
Laschet was appointed within the Christian Democrats to succeed outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel. CSU leader Mark Sodder was defeated in the race for chancellor, but failed to gain enough voters to secure the Conservative bloc for another term in government.
CDU/CSU became Germany’s second largest party in elections, behind Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). This was in part due to Laschet’s unpopularity. Scandals were haunting him in the run-up to the elections. Laschet, for example, was criticized for laughing during a president’s speech in a flood-affected area.
So, now Laschet shows a willingness to set aside his ambitions in light of possible negotiations for Jamaica’s alliance with the Greens and the Liberal Free Democratic Party. He described the alliance for Germany as better than a “traffic light government” that includes the SPD, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party. The head of the Bavarian sister party CSU, Markus Söder, rules out such an alliance.
Meanwhile, the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) has started official talks with the Greens and the Liberals about the possibility of forming a government. Secret talks could lead to the formation of Germany’s first government of the Social Democratic Party, de Gronen, and the Free Democratic Party. Also since 1950, there has been a three-party coalition government in the country.
Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that he expected a government to be formed four years ago. After that, it took more than five months to finally form a government with the SPD. Norbert Walter Borgens, co-chair of the Social Democrats, said before the talks that he was sitting around the table with “great confidence”.
The FDP and Die Grünen indicated on Wednesday, after earlier exploratory talks, that they were ready to start formal talks with the SPD. The parties also do not exclude an alliance with CDU / CSU, which suffered a historic defeat and became the second party. FDP leader Christian Linder rules out “parallel talks”. The party is politically closer to the CDU, but has agreed to work with the Greens first on whether a center-left coalition is possible.
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