It is not only between the sister parties CDU and CSU that there is a crunch. Now poison arrows also flew to the other youth organization.
Stuttgart / Munich – The head of the Junge Union im southwest responded indignantly to the fact that his Bavarian counterpart Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (79) asked to withdraw from the Bundestag.
The 79-year-old Schäuble is a “well-deserved politician who has played a decisive role in shaping the politics of Germany and the Union for decades,” said the Baden-Württemberg JU state chairman Philipp Bürkle on Wednesday of the German press agency in Stuttgart. “Now to demand that Schäuble resign is disrespectful and a gross foul play.”
The Bavarian JU boss Christian Doleschal (33) had previously said to Spiegel: “Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauers and Peter Altmaier’s waiver of their mandates deserves great respect and is a sign of the new beginning.”
The chairman of the CSU youth party added: “This courageous step in the service of a renewal of the Union should also be taken by others. Those who have been in the Bundestag for several decades – for example Wolfgang Schäuble, should think about it.”
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Bürkle recommended the JU in Bavaria to “sweep their own front door” first. “It would be better if Christian Doleschal took care of his own party in Bavaria.” The Junge Union Baden-Württemberg was able to bring seven members into the Bundestag by direct mandate, the JU Bayern only three.
Schäuble had announced on Tuesday through his spokesman that he for a candidacy for the CDU federal executive committee is no longer available.
However, the 79-year-old wants to stay in the Bundestag – unlike Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer (59) and Economics Minister Altmaier (63, both CDU), who had announced the waiver of their mandate in order to clear the way for younger party friends.
Schäuble’s spokesman pointed out on Tuesday that Schäuble had won the direct mandate again in his constituency in Offenburg. “He intends to exercise the direct mandate for the full electoral term,” he said. Schäuble has been in the Bundestag since 1972.
In the power struggle between CDU boss Armin Laschet (60) and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (54, CSU) over the candidacy for chancellor, the former federal finance minister was clearly on the side of Laschet. In the end, the leadership of the CDU followed his recommendation.