Dhe Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, who is running for the CDU chairmanship, has spoken out in favor of postponing the planned election party conference at the beginning of December due to the corona pandemic. What parties expect from the citizens, they have to do themselves: reduce contacts wherever possible. “This party congress is not absolutely necessary now, it can be postponed,” he told the “Welt am Sonntag” (“WamS”). All of the pending questions could also be decided after the winter. “We must now focus all our strength, energy and efforts on combating the pandemic. The people in Germany understand less than ever that parties are now dealing with themselves. “
Laschet competes for the chair with the economic politician Friedrich Merz and the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. According to the RTL / ntv “trend barometer” on Saturday, 45 percent of CDU members would choose Merz, 24 percent for Laschet and 13 percent for Röttgen if they could vote for themselves. Merz definitely wants the party conference to take place. “We have to let it take place, despite Corona – and we shouldn’t allow the comparison to be made between the Volksfest, Oktoberfest and football game,” he said on Thursday evening at a CDU event in Hamburg.
The CDU leadership wants to decide on the party congress on Monday. It is considered to spread the event over several locations, with mutual connection via video. According to dpa information, the model could be a corresponding planning for the Lower Saxony CDU state party conference on November 7th.
Party conference in the stadium as an alternative
According to “WamS” information, CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak wants to present a corresponding concept to the committees on Monday, which was examined and approved by in-house lawyers of the CDU and by experts from the Interior Ministry. The CDU would not meet with 1001 delegates in Stuttgart as previously planned, but with 100 to 200 delegates each in eight to ten halls in Germany. The speeches of the candidates would be broadcast everywhere, the counting would take place in each hall under notarial supervision.
Saarland’s Prime Minister Tobias Hans pleaded in the “WamS” for this variant and declared: “Postponing the party congress into the spring of next year would be the worse alternative.”
The CDU member of the Bundestag Axel Fischer sees it similarly. “The CDU must clarify the leadership issue on December 4th,” he told the German press agency. The Bundestag, with over 700 members, also conduct its session weeks normally, with a hygiene concept. “That should also be possible at a one-day party congress with 1001 delegates. If necessary, the party convention of the CDU in Germany can be held in a football stadium. The Gottlieb Daimler Stadium in Stuttgart would be a good alternative. “
Poll: majority of citizens in favor of moving
The Union parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, Ralph Brinkhaus, said that as long as the number of new infections continues to rise at a high level, a party congress is unthinkable.
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach called for a cancellation. “The CDU cannot simultaneously advocate the ban on smaller events and then gather more than 1000 people in one place. Politics has a role model function, so the CDU should cancel the party congress, ”he told the“ Bild am Sonntag ”.
According to a survey, a majority of citizens also see it that way. In a cantar survey, 55 percent voted for the newspaper, only 36 percent were in favor of it (no information: 8 percent).