It’s the end of an Era and a new beginning: this Friday, the CDU wants to choose a national party Convention in Hamburg your new Chairman or a new Chairman after more than 18 years, with Angela Merkel at the top. A choice of General Secretary to stand Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the former Union parliamentary leader Friedrich Merz and Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn. At the party Congress but also proposed other candidates.

this is the first Time since 1971, the CDU-decide to delegate between multiple candidates. The party leader welcomed the competition: “The democracy is pure, when selection,” said Merkel on Thursday. You will make the CDU presidency, but the Chancellor will remain.

Many in the Union are expecting a close outcome between Merz and Kramp-Karrenbauer, possibly a runoff election. Faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus said he could not determine a clear favorite. “It will be decisive, who can seize the opportunity at the Congress to the best.”

Jens Spahn was open shortly before the election, whom would he support in the case of a runoff election between Friedrich Merz and Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer. “My goal is that I’m in the second ballot, and then I support Jens Spahn,” said the 38-Year-old m Südwestrundfunk. Spahns opportunities are considered to be low. He concluded that he withdraws his candidacy in the short term.

SPD Leader Andrea Nahles was confident that the election will have no impact on the Federal government of the SPD and the Union. In the past few weeks, the mood in the Grand coalition government had been good to her impression would have all been very keen to have constructive cooperation.

criticism of schäuble’s recommendation for Merz

the mood in The CDU was briefly tense before the party Congress. Reason, the choice for the recommendation of the President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, for his Familiar Merz. As a result, a “dam broke”, criticized the Federal Economics Minister, Peter Altmaier, who had spoken out then, is open to Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer. He would have found it but well, if all of the leading CDU would have omitted representatives on personal recommendations for the CDU presidency, said Altmaier in Germany radio. He also stressed that the election meant the establishment of a Chancellor candidate. “Today we choose a new party Chairman, we do not select a candidate for Chancellor and not a Chancellor candidate.” The decision of who is to head the Chancellery, in the future, will made jointly with the CSU, about a year before the election, “and how the circumstances are and how they vote then, no one can know”.

schäuble Federal Minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen commented “perplexed” about the positioning. You’ve experienced in the past few years, like Schäuble, Jens Spahn have promoted and “highly” impressed Kramp had been of the services Annegret-car maker, said on ZDF. You yourself did not want to comment on who you prefer.

the majority of polls for Kramp-Karrenbauer

In the voters favor the CDU just before the party Congress. In the new ARD-Deutschland trend, the CDU and CSU won four percentage points and came to 30 per cent. In the survey, 45 percent of surveyed voters supported the inside and the voters for Kramp-karrenbauer, 30 percent for Merz and 10 percent for Spahn. For the Congress in this survey, however, is not directly relevant, since only the delegate may vote.

in addition to the Chairman, five deputies, the Treasurer and five other members of the Presidium are to be elected in Hamburg, 26 members of the Federal Executive Board, as well as 19 observers. CDU-Federal managing Director Klaus schüler explained the choice of the entire party leadership would be on Friday, the first day of the Congress, completed. It is unclear whether the 1.001 delegates will also choose a new Secretary-General. The new party chief will decide.

in addition to the Congress according to the will of the Federal Executive Board, a decision on the controversial UN-migration Pact. As the Chairman of the Amendment Committee, Thomas de Maizière, said, is a request for discussion and adoption. In addition, to advise, among other things, on proposals of the Board for the Reform of the social market economy.