The race for the CDU presidency: Merz sees significantly ahead

The former Union leader and candidate on the CDU Chairman Friedrich Merz sees good chances that he will be the next CDU-could be chief. "I have very strong sup

The race for the CDU presidency: Merz sees significantly ahead

The former Union leader and candidate on the CDU Chairman Friedrich Merz sees good chances that he will be the next CDU-could be chief. "I have very strong support in the party, and place myself for re-election, because I am convinced that it can succeed," he told the "Bild" (Saturday). "I'm in the polls for the party presidency ahead, and I'm still of the Belief that I have at the base of the CDU, a clear majority," explained Merz his Confidence.

On the 33. Congress of the CDU in Stuttgart, Germany, from 3. to 5. December is supposed to be the successor to the party boss Annegret be chosen Kramp-Karrenbauer. Except for Merz, the Chairman of the foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen, and North Rhine-had-Westphalia's Prime Minister, Armin Laschet announced their candidacies.

Because of the Corona-crisis Merz also sees a high number of insolvencies in the German economy: "Many companies today are already on the verge of insolvency. Only due to the longer deadlines will shift the full brunt of the wave in the autumn.“

criticism of a quota for women

The Corona-pandemic, have shown that border closures are possible, if they were necessary, said Merz. With a view to 2015, he urged: "it is Not the loss of control is allowed to repeat itself at our borders, with a de facto unlimited immigration."

Critical Merz commented on the plans for a quota for women in the CDU. "Maybe we are able to provide a better representation of women in the party as a whole." This would be better "than a arranged rate of above".

Updated Date: 31 July 2020, 16:20

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