Dhe CSU chairman Markus Söder, contrary to what was initially announced, will not be a guest at the Junge Union’s Germany Day next weekend in Münster. A party spokesman confirmed this to the German Press Agency on Thursday; the Süddeutsche Zeitung had previously reported. Instead, Söder will take part in a CSU base conference on Saturday.
The rejection of the Bavarian Prime Minister comes as a surprise. Numerous CDU top politicians have promised to come to the three-day meeting of the Union’s youngsters, which begins on Friday. Among them are the party chairman Armin Laschet, general secretary Paul Ziemiak, the parliamentary group chairman Ralph Brinkhaus and health minister Jens Spahn. It is the first major public party event after the poor performance in the federal election. Discussions about the future personnel and content of the party can be expected. It is surprising that Söder, who would have liked to become the Union’s candidate for chancellor, does not use this stage.
On the other hand, Söder only found out last week that meeting the youngsters of the party can be uncomfortable right now. At the Bavarian state assembly of the Junge Union in Deggendorf, several participants criticized Söder’s “one-man show”. Three quarters of the delegates voted for a motion to delete Markus Söder’s name from a sentence. The sentence originally read: “It is time to form a powerful, fresh team behind our strong workhorse Markus Söder.”