BERLIN – An earlier vote for the CDU?

After Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer stepped down as party leader, the CDU is considering advancing their timeline to choose the next party leader and future Chancellor candidate after party politicians voiced their concerns. The original plan was to choose the candidate by the summer and confirm them at the annual party conference in December.

Holger Stahlknecht, head of the CDU in Saxony-Anhalt, claims this timeline is far too long. “Nothing is worse than staying in the dark on something like this”, he warned. “This leads to months of speculation about personal details.” The head of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, Markus Söder, echoed these concerns.

In an interview with Die Zeit, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble voiced his opposition to moving up the timeline, saying the party should “have the strength not to give in to pressure from some media.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer plans to meet with interested candidates next week. These will include former CDU parliamentary group leader, Friedrich Merz, and Minister for Health Jens Spahn, who announced their intention to run for party leadership yesterday (12 February). (Sarah Lawton |

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