While wondering who will be the prime minister instead of German Prime Minister Merkel, early general election discussions started in the country. In Germany, there is a leadership crisis after Prime Minister Angela Merkel announced in the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) that Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will leave the presidency.
Annegret Karrenbauer, who was elected CDU leader in December 2018, was expected to sit in the prime minister seat in 2021.
Kramp-Karrenbauer was unable to achieve unity within the party in the past 14 months after becoming president.
Kramp-Karrenbauer, who could not get the support he expected from the public, has recently begun to discuss the chairmanship of the party within the party.
The intervention of Prime Minister Angela Merkel in South Africa after the CDU MPs acted with the Alternative (AfD) party for extreme right-wing Germany also showed that Kramp-Karrenbauer did not rule the party.
“It’s not time to play games”
Carsten Linnemann, Vice-President of the Federal Assembly Group of the Christian Union (CDU / CSU) parties, stating that the end of the year will not be expected for the candidate for the prime minister and the chairman, “It will be good for everyone to make a quick decision.” used the expression.
Norbert Röttgen, one of the important names of the CDU, emphasized that a decision should be made about this issue until the summer months.
Markus Söder, the leader of the Christian Social Unity Party, who is the sister party, stated that the CDU should act in unity, and this is a situation related to the stability of the country.
Merkel, who has been the President of the CDU for more than 18 years and has been the Prime Minister for about 14.5 years, called on the deputies and called for the protection of unity within the party for the CDU to be included in the government next year.
Early general election also discussed
On the other hand, after the announcement that Kramp-Karrenbauer will not be a candidate, early general elections in the country started to be discussed.
Sigmar Gabriel, former President of the former Social Democratic Party (SPD), predicted that the federal-level coalition of CDU, CSU, and SPD is also in crisis and that the early election will be held soon.
Armin Schuster, one of the experienced politicians of the CDU, said that after the appointment of the prime minister candidate, the party’s word should be valid and that the elections could be held earlier than expected if the chosen person decides not to walk alongside Chancellor Merkel.
The Green Party Co-chair Annalena Baerbock, on the other hand, said that the country is “in a dramatic situation,” adding that “there is a danger of a huge power vacuum in power. It is necessary to clarify how the Christian Union parties can maintain a stable government under these circumstances.” found the assessment.
Thorsten Faas, a faculty member of the Berlin University Faculty of Political Science, said in a statement to the AA reporter, stating that Prime Minister Merkel, who has a high popularity rate, was comfortable, “Germany has to be stable in the second half of this year as it will take the European Union (EU) term presidency. In the short term, an early election option will not be on the table. ” He spoke in the form.
3 names stand out for candidacy for prime minister
On the other hand, following the announcement that Kramp-Karrenbauer will not be a candidate for prime minister, the eyes of who will be the prime minister will be replaced by Merkel for the elections to be held in September of the next year.
For this, three names are pronounced for now, but potential candidates are avoiding to stand out for now.
Merkel is expected to keep his promise that he will not be a candidate for prime minister again in 2021.
Friedrich Merz, who took a break from politics for a while
Among those mentioned for the candidacy and general presidency, Friedrich Merz, a candidate against Cramp-Karrenbauer supported by Merkel, at the CDU General Assembly in 2018.
Friedrich Merz, who lost his leadership race with 35 votes difference against Kramp-Karrenbauer, is known for criticizing Merkel’s policies.
Merz, 64, who was seen as a “hope” by the right wing of the party and promised to take back the votes to AfD, worked for international companies and worked as a lawyer after leaving his parliament in 2009.
Merz, who served as the President of the Federal Assembly Group of the Christian Union (CDU / CSU) parties in 2000-2002, had to leave the Group Presidency after CDU President Angela Merkel wanted to take over this task.
Health Minister Jens Spahn
The other named politician is Health Minister Jens Spahn.
Spahn, who drew attention with his diligence after becoming a minister, criticized Merkel’s especially asylum seeker policy.
Spahn, who has been rising fast within the party and has been an Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance for a while, is not given much chance for leadership at the CDU for now, since he is young and has no prime minister experience in a state.
North Rhine-Westphalia State Prime Minister Laschet
Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, stands out as the strongest name to replace Kramp-Karrenbauer and thus become the party’s prime minister candidate.
Laschet, 58, who is expected to receive the approval of Merkel, thought to be a candidate against Kramp-Karrenbauer in 2018, but later gave up.
Another advantage of Laschet, who also serves as Deputy Chairman at the party, is that he is more experienced due to the state prime ministry.