CSU party congress: Laschet has the hall on his side

Dhe CSU usually gives a lot to the alleged collective intelligence of its party members. However, one could have doubts about this when the delegates gave their top team candidate Dorothee Bär a bad result in the election for deputy party chairman on Friday. Did the Bear party want to get back in this way for having become part of the “Team Laschet”?

Day two of the party congress in the Nuremberg exhibition hall was proof that the CSU is not completely wrong in its self-assessment: Armin Laschet, the Union’s candidate for chancellor, was not only received politely, but you can As a Bavarian, to say it no differently: enthusiastic. what happened there? The days, weeks, and months before that were interspersed with signals from Bavaria that raised rather than dispelled doubts about Laschet’s suitability for chancellor.

Whoever spoke to delegates at the weekend did not, of course, have the impression that they found this line of the party leadership (if one can even speak of line here) unreservedly good. One board member, for example, reported that he had recently seen Laschet personally during the election campaign – and look, the candidate for chancellor did not leave a bad impression.

Much praise for Bayern

Anyone who followed Laschet’s speech on Saturday on social media and live in the hall also noticed a certain discrepancy in perception. While Twitter stallions worked off Laschet’s slight, campaign-typical hoarseness, the Union Chancellor candidate had the hall on his side from the start. Laschet also did it cleverly.

Knowing that Bayern would like to be confirmed in their grandiose, but always fragile self-image, he praised them on and on. It was an advantage that the CSU honorary chairmen Edmund Stoiber and Theo Waigel were sitting in the hall, so Laschet was able to address them as pioneering politicians, one of whom has made lasting contributions to the security of the people, the other to the security of the euro. Laschet also praised the honorary chairmen of the CSU in Heaven, Ochsensepp and Franz Josef Strauss, the latter even as an alleged pioneer of the climate movement.

But Laschet also hit the tune in Nuremberg thematically. So he spelled out the topic of internal security more intensely than the CSU top candidate Alexander Dobrindt and party leader Markus Söder had done the day before. In his speech, Laschet primarily attacked his SPD rival Olaf Scholz directly; especially because this does not bring about a clear rejection of a possible left alliance, but keeps a back door open for a coalition with the left. The Union, on the other hand, has clearly demarcated itself against the radical left, as well as against the far right, emphasized Laschet. “We will never talk to the AfD. They have to get out of the parliaments, ”said the CDU chairman.

Söder and Laschet at the CSU party conference on Saturday in Nuremberg


Söder and Laschet at the CSU party conference on Saturday in Nuremberg
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Laschet received a lot of applause when he criticized Scholz’s behavior after the public prosecutor’s office had searched his ministry. “I would have liked a little more care in several cases in the financial supervision,” said Laschet, with a view to the Wirecard scandal, for example. In addition, after the search it would have been right to assure the public prosecutor’s office of support and not, like Scholz, to sow doubts about the rule of law.

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In his attack on social democracy, Laschet even went as far as only the CSU can otherwise manage on political Ash Wednesday: “In all the decisions in post-war history, social democrats were always on the wrong side.” thought when the SPD elected Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor out of state political responsibility? Or Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik?

The day before, the Bavarian perspective on Germany had dominated the CSU party congress. Söder praised the Federal Transport Minister: “I know few ministers who bring as much money to Bavaria as Andi Scheuer.” On Saturday, however, at least the delegates had the impression that they would like to be put in a pan-German union mood. Laschet looked very relieved after the nine-minute standing ovation.

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