Outgoing CDU chairwoman annegret kramp-karrenbauer has accused the contenders to succeed her of damaging the party with a destructive competition.
"The party has spurred on in this discussion that this fair race has turned into a ruinous competition. And this ruinous competition falls first and foremost on the candidates themselves, but also on the CDU," she told the newspaper "augsburger allgemeine. "That’s why I have always warned against it."
Contenders are north rhine-westphalia’s minister president armin laschet, economic politician friedrich merz and auben politician norbert rottgen. In the struggle for the postponement of the upcoming party conference, merz in particular had fought an open dispute with laschet, in some cases with personal attacks. Kramp-karrenbauer again called on all three to serve the party even in the event of a defeat. "This is the clear expectation of the members. We are already in an election year in january," she said.
Kramp-karrenbauer also warned against an election campaign that was too backward-looking: "the CDU has developed very strongly over the past years and decades. It is a different party today than it was 10 or 20 years ago, partly because we have a different society today."She must "give answers to the questions of the year 2021 and not to those of the 80s".