Merz wants to make a joint proposal for chancellor candidates with Söder

Friedrich Merz at the Deutschlandtag of the Junge Union

“Fighting parties are not elected, period,” emphasized Merz.

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Berlin CDU-Boss Friedrich Merz has announced that he will be together with CSU-Boss Markus Soder will present a joint proposal as to who should be the candidate for chancellor in the federal elections in 2025. The CDU/CSU parliamentary group may also be included, Merz said on Saturday at the Young Union’s Germany Day in Fulda.

In any case, the two party executives would have to have a say. The Union should not go into the federal elections again divided like in 2021. “Parties in conflict will not be elected, period,” stressed Merz. At the time of a proposal, he did not comment.

In Bavaria state elections are coming up next year. Should Söder be re-elected as Prime Minister, it is expected that the CSUboss wants to get more involved in federal politics afterwards. In 2021, Söder had tried in vain to become a Union chancellor candidate, but he was on it CDU-Politician Armin Laschet failed.

Merz’s reference to the CDU/CSU parliamentary group having a say could become relevant because the CDU leader is also the leader of the group. This could help him to fend off claims from Union prime ministers should Merz, now 67, want to become a candidate for chancellor himself.

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