Threats, ultimatums and perplexity - the overview of the CDU and CSU K question

Chaos days in the Union Threats, ultimatums and perplexity - the overview of the CDU and CSU K question

CDU party leader Armin Laschet and his CSU counterpart Markus Söder

CDU party leader Armin Laschet (left) and his CSU counterpart Markus Söder

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Armin Laschet or Markus Söder? There is still no decision on the K question from the CDU and CSU. The impatience grows.

The power struggle in the Union has still not been decided - and it will take a while before CDU-Chef Armin Laschet and CSU boss Markus Söder have decided which of them will run for the Union in the federal election in September as a candidate for chancellor.

According to information from the "Bild" newspaper from Sunday afternoon Söder and Laschet continues the conversation. It was said that it could not be assumed that they would adhere to their self-imposed deadline and that they would present an agreement during the course of the day.

CDU is getting increasingly nervous?

Meanwhile, there is growing pressure from the Union base to act on the often invoked unity and unite as quickly as possible Chancellor candidate to name.

The state chairmen of the Junge Union want to get together in the evening in order to adopt a common position on the question of “Söder or Laschet”. That reported the "editorial network Germany".

Other union structures are also becoming increasingly impatient. According to information from "Spiegel", the Lower Saxony regional association has invited to a district chairperson conference in the evening. The only item on the agenda is that K-question.

The Hamburg CDU boss Christoph Ploß also called for a quick decision: "I expect the party leaders to present a joint solution by tomorrow," he told the "Rheinische Post" on Sunday. "If there is no agreement, only the parliamentary group as the only joint committee of the CDU and CSU can decide on the candidacy for chancellor." Here, Söder is considered the favorite. 

Chaos days in the Union: threats, ultimatums and perplexity - the overview of the CDU and CSU K question

Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) also urged a quick decision. The K question should be answered this weekend, he told Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk on Saturday. Kretschmer spoke out neither for Söder nor for Laschet - however, pointed out that Söder had many advocates in the Saxon CDU.

The growing nervousness is also illustrated by a threat from the vice-chairman of the CDU workers' association, Dennis Radtke, on ZDF. "If CSU boss Markus Söder wants to force the candidacy for chancellor, if he wants to destroy the CDU, then founding the CDU in Bavaria must no longer be a taboo," he said. So far: The CDU does not compete in Bavaria, the CSU not in the rest of Germany. A termination of this “non-aggression pact” is always a threat if the differences of opinion between the two sister parties threaten to escalate.

When will the K question be decided in the Union?

These are just a few of the many requests to speak this weekend that show one thing above all: In the Union there is a lack of plan and perplexity on the K question. There is no orderly procedure for determining a candidate for chancellor between the CSU and CDU, which is the breeding ground for the worsening power struggle between Söder and Laschet. If there is no decision on this Sunday, they should be able to keep their troops in position for a longer period of time - nothing has been heard from the two rivals themselves recently.

Because on Monday the Greens want to announce whether Annalena Baerbock or Robert Habeck will be number one in the federal election. To overlay this date with the announcement of the Union decision would be bad political style. But even that can no longer be ruled out.

Sources: “Bild” newspaper, "Editorial network Germany", "Spiegel" editor Veit Medick, Central German Broadcasting, ZDF, News agencies DPA and AFP