517 votes for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 482 votes for Friedrich Merz. In the struggle for the succession with Angela Merkel as CDU leader, the former Secretary-General of the party only by a narrow margin. Commentators see this as a sign of a divided party. “On the one side, the ‘Team AKK’, which stands for a course in the political middle, on the other hand, the ‘Merzianer’ who want nothing more than edgy-conservative policy”, commented The Standard from Austria. Merz is more than a warning have managed to success. He was a candidate desires triggered, the last of Martin Schulz in his initial phase as the SPD Chancellor.

The Nürnberger Nachrichten see it now as the very first task of the new Chairman Kramp-Karrenbauer, to overcome the trenches: “you must bring together a party, by the many cracks go.” In doing so, you will have to, according to the Berliner Zeitung on the economic liberalism received, the Merz in the party’s internal election campaign has represented. “The result is between Merz and Kramp-Karrenbauer was so close that it’s hard not to take Merz’ world of thought in the party is also serious consideration.” Merz had argued, among other things, for an “Agenda of the hard-working” and for tax advantages for shareholders.

Unanimously the newspaper commentators Kramp-cart-Builder’s election victory as a sign for a continuation of the policy of Merkel. Will be rating this differently. The Swabian newspaper sees a Signal for a stable continuation of the Federal government. “For the Grand coalition, the choice of means of relaxation. CDU-point of view, Merkel is able to work at least two more years in the Chancellery, before it is handed over to their successor at the party helm.” Similar to the Stuttgarter Zeitung commented: “This decision carries the least risk potential for the Transition at the end of the Era of Merkel. It reveals what know already all: The CDU is not a revolutionary party.”

“continuation of the Merkel ianismus”

The newspaper die Presse from Austria expected after the decision, however, increasing pressure on the CDU by political competitors: “The party voted for a continuation of the Merkel ianismus, for the green-tinged mid”, commented the newspaper from Vienna. “The AfD is there to look forward to.”

praise comes from a variety of media, with a view on the way the CDU on the boss decided to post. “The CDU has the political culture been done a Favor, in the three candidates for the party presidency of the rings”, writes the Swabian newspaper. The Handelsblatt sees intra-party democracy as the third winner of the Hamburg party tags – in addition to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and Angela Merkel, had succeeded a calm farewell. “Anyone who has experienced the two votes and the associated voltage at the Hamburg Messe-hall, could see that the CDU can also debate.”

The world refers to the fact that with Kramp-Karrenbauer a result, for the first time in a large country in the Western world, a woman, a woman at the head of a government party. “For the first time could follow in the West to a head of government to another woman at the centre of government”, the newspaper writes. “He who seeks a proof of how far ahead Germany is in some of the questions in the world, with the Hamburg result is a proof of that.”