Prior to the re-election of the CDU presidency, has spoken to Angela Merkel grateful for your time as party Chairman. She was curious about the choice of your successor, or your successor, said Angela Merkel during her tour of the hall on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. “The democracy is pure, if a selection exists.”

On the CDU party Congress in Hamburg to decide the 1.001 delegates on Friday to discuss the successor to Merkel on the party tip. You are more than 18 years in the chair.

The 18 years to be a “long, long time”. “And in that time, the CDU has experienced, of course, UPS and Downs,” said Merkel. “But you also has the Federal election four Times so that we ask the Chancellor.” She was grateful for this time and was glad to be able to continue as Chancellor work.

you made it once again clear that she was willing, with a new Chairman as Chancellor to continue to work. The time had come, “where just for the Bundestag election preparations need to be taken in times that are changing very, very strong.”

the successor to Merkel’s CDU are applying-Secretary-General, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the former Union parliamentary leader Friedrich Merz and Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn. CDU’s managing Director, Klaus pupils said there were 15 additional members who have expressed towards the party headquarters, the willingness to stand as Chairman. On Friday until 12.30 PM for further staff proposals are possible. Potential competitors must be officially by a delegate as a candidate is named. Delegates also have the opportunity to self-propose.

Recently had very prominent CDU representatives for Kramp-Karrenbauer, or Merz, Spahn is not very promising, since then, Merz declared his candidacy. President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, about moved into Position for Merz and said his election was “the Best for the country”. This Statement was also understood as a distancing from Merkel. Federal Economics Minister, Peter Altmaier, criticised Schäuble for this choice recommendation. The thrust of Schäuble was surprised and wondered. Against the Background of the Schäuble-recommendation Altmaier has expressed his sympathy for Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Angela Merkel would not comment on demand to the recommendations. These speeches were all in the context of freedom of expression and democracy. Regional conferences were introduced in the past few weeks, the candidates of the party members.

The choice for the CDU chairmanship is a secret. Therefore, each delegate will find in its place a visual barrier made of cardboard, behind which he can make his cross. Everyone has a voice. None of the candidates obtains in the first ballot, more than 50 percent of the valid votes cast, the vote is placed in a second ballot, again using the two Best.

party Chairman – The CDU before the election, After 18 years with Angela Merkel, the CDU determines in Hamburg about her new chair. As a favorite Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and Friedrich Merz to apply. © Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa