Status: 01/21/2022 5:26 p.m
Angela Merkel does not want to become honorary chairwoman of the CDU. The office is no longer up to date. She wants to show her attachment to the party in a different way in the future. The last honorary chairman of the CDU was Helmut Kohl.
Former Chancellor Angela Merkel does not want to become honorary chairwoman of the CDU. The former Chancellor had come to the conclusion that such an office was no longer appropriate, said the current party leader, Armin Laschet, on the ntv broadcaster. “It’s a tradition from the past that doesn’t exist at the federal level now.”
The last honorary chairman of the CDU was Helmut Kohl. He gave up his honorary chairmanship at the beginning of 2000 because of the donation scandal.
Merkel and Kramp-Karrenbauer reject the invitation from Merz
Merkel and her successor as CDU chairwoman, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, also canceled an invitation from the designated new party leader Friedrich Merz for a meal on Saturday evening. Merz invited all previous party leaders to attend a dinner in Berlin after his election, which was considered safe, reported the “Spiegel”, citing party circles. He also wanted to send a signal of reconciliation with Merkel, with whom he has had a difficult relationship for years.
While Wolfgang Schäuble and Laschet had agreed, Merkel and Kramp-Karrenbauer had canceled, the magazine writes. According to “Spiegel”, the former chancellor’s office said there were “time reasons” for her cancellation. At Kramp-Karrenbauer, these are private matters. In 2002, Merkel ousted Merz from the position of Union faction leader as then CDU chairwoman. For a long time during her 16-year chancellorship, Merz was a harsh critic of her government policies.
After he had prevailed in the member survey, Merz is now to be elected CDU chairman.