There is a strawberry cake as a welcome. Markus Jasper, CDU- District Managing Director in Borken, Westphalia, invited to his office and explained what makes his home country so special. The Münsterland has six constituencies on the map, there are happy people here, says Jasper, real doers, the largest cattle breeding areas in Germany and with two direct candidates now really no problem for women.
Why do you want to talk about women in the CDU here of all places?
Because of Anne König. König has also just taken a seat in the district office, she pours coffee for the small group. Anne König is 36 years old, in the school management of a comprehensive school and wants to join the CDU in the constituency of Borken II Bundestag.
The fact that she will make it to Berlin is almost a foregone conclusion: the region is the CDU home country, the Christian Democratic applicants reliably get more than 50 percent of the first votes. This also applies to King's predecessor Johannes Röring, 62, who has been in the Bundestag since 2005. He wanted to run again, but König clearly won the fight candidate, the local newspapers wrote of a "big surprise" and a "crushing defeat" for Roring. Before that, the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” had even reported on King’s ambitions - “The top dog and the huntress” was the title of the article.
König later said that she was "grateful and humble" after the vote. A showcase candidate: a young woman who breaks up encrusted structures in the party - and still appears to be modest.
After all, a third of the CDU country list in Nordrhein-Westfalen is occupied by women, as many as the party wants to send to political offices according to its quorum. That is a lot if you look at the CDU's country list for comparison Sachsen-Anhalt look at on which there is barely a woman to be found. Also in the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, only about 20 percent were recently women. So does the female future of the Union, the new CDU, come from the Münsterland?
On this day, König got up at around 3.45 a.m. and created a Powerpoint presentation for her election campaign by XNUMX:XNUMX in the morning. At half past six the children got up. Now König is sitting in her electric car and has the chills. The day before she was vaccinated against Corona for the second time.
König is out to meet people in her constituency. She listens, smiles, takes some pictures for Facebook. With lifeguards. In front of a solar roof. Only now and then does King cross his arms briefly, shivering that she is not doing particularly well, nobody notices.
Party colleagues like to praise their efficiency. "As a mother, like all parents, she has to divide her time differently," says district manager Jasper. You use time sparingly in meetings. König emphasizes again and again that after the birth of her two sons, she was back at work just eight weeks later.
How did that work? By making the money for the family while her husband studied and looked after the children. König doesn't make a big fuss about it. "Of course I slept less," she says in the car. Four to five hours was enough for her now. "But other women have a much harder time than I do." Single parents, for example. Or the friend who raised her siblings after their parents died.
In the constituency, König won against a man who was known in the Bundestag primarily for his high additional income. For his many supervisory board mandates. For scandals in his pig farm. For his role as an agricultural official in the Agriculture Committee of the Bundestag. A lot of old CDU sticks to him.
King learns from men
King is the modern, green counter model, electric car and solar energy included. She did a lot of things right in the CDU, what is expected in the party: At 14 she joined the Junge Union, at 16 she joined the CDU. Later she got involved in the district council and in the CDU district executive committee. Among other things, she is a teacher of the Catholic religion, but wants women in the priesthood and is a fan of the Chancellor's refugee policy.
She has known her predecessor for 15 years. When they competed against each other, König says, they spoke on the phone in a friendly manner. Then König drove through the constituency and asked the people what they could do for them. She listened. Apparently that was good for a constituency in which there had never been a fight for constituency candidates.
König knows that criticism of her predecessor does not go down well. She stressed that she had never experienced sexism in the party. Instead, she is learning a lot from experienced men. Of Karl-Josef Laumann for example, health minister in your state and chairman of the Münsterland district association. Or from their district chairman, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn. Or from his friend, district manager Jasper.
Mansplaining? It is not, thinks König. “There are more men in politics. It is normal to learn from them. "
Only sometimes there are the reproaches of the bad mother. The questions of how she can do it as a young mother. With the digital presentation of candidates in the constituency, for example. Her predecessor Röring mentioned that his mid-forties was the best time for him to go to the Bundestag. His eleven-year-old son still "missed his father." A swipe at König: After all, she is 36. Her children are much smaller.
That passed her by, says König, and she preferred to concentrate on the questions. She knows exactly what to do for her party. During a visit to the CDU agricultural committee, she explained it to the members: “As farmers, you need Johannes Röring with his specialist knowledge. But the CDU needs me to win a broad electorate from other professions. "
After the tour of the constituency, König and her friends took a seat in the beer garden. There is currywurst with french fries and a lot of mayo. Everyone at the table agrees: König enthused many young people in their party. King's friend Viktoria Keller-Flinks says that she saw "quite a few young people" standing in line for CDU members before the nomination event - "at least by CDU standards." Another friend shakes her head: “Still, I didn't think she'd make it. I only saw old men there. "
Together the friends founded a shooting club for women. They too wanted to shoot a traditional wooden bird, normally only men are allowed to do that. Is that why they are feminists?
The women laugh. No, they say, don't. Feminists are the ones who advocate gender equality. And that is really the slightest problem for women.
Incidentally, they received very strong support when they founded the association. Especially by men.