The smoke emitted by the decimated parliamentary group of the CDU is neither black nor white. A rather brownish tone. Both the failed electoral candidate Armin Laschet as the president of Bavaria and leader of the Bavarian CSU, Markus Söder, have jointly proposed Ralph Brinkhaus as president of the union and his appointment has been approved this afternoon, although only for six months, when the minimum period is usually one year. Previously, Laschet wanted to personally occupy the position. But faced with the prospect of being rejected by deputies from his own party, who were threatening to vote against, he gave the appointment to Brinkhaus in exchange for a public statement of support.
Conservative voices calling for his resignation are abundant. The 51% of CDU voters He has declared in an Insa poll that he must leave the presidency of the party, when one year of his election has not been completed. The only reason he should remain in Berlin is a hypothetical failure of the negotiations for Olaf Scholz to form the governing coalition with the Greens and Liberals, highly unlikely. Only then would the party require Laschet’s presence for talks. And he clings to this burning nail so much that he has not yet congratulated the most voted candidate on his electoral victory. It must have been Söder who congratulated Scholz and recognized, on behalf of the CDU, that “Scholz is the one who has the best options to form a government.”
Things also get complicated for Laschet in his town. An emergency meeting took place early in the morning at the Düsseldorf airport hotel with his team from North Rhine-Westphalia, a federal state of which he is still president. There he landed at seven in the morning to meet, under heavy rain, with the regional ministers of Transport and Interior, Hendrik Wüst y Herbert Reul respectively. There are 230 days until the regional elections and it was necessary to talk about the succession. Laschet had always counted on the regional presidency as a last resort, if everything went wrong in Berlin, but in front of the vacant chair Wüst had moved his own chips and he no longer wishes to let go of that aspiration.
Only the mayor of Essen, Thomas Kufen, has publicly stated that Laschet would be supported should he return, but he has also said that there would be an “honest analysis” of the election results and the “personal mistakes” that have overshadowed the content of the electoral campaign, while the regional ministers are silent. Kufen has limited himself to urging a quick decision: “Each day that we have clarity beforehand increases our chances in the state elections in May.” As a lesson from the electoral debacle, he recommended: “Better not have disputes.” Herbert Reul, who cannot be elected as regional president without a mandate from parliament, is in less hurry: “We should take the time to make an intelligent decision.”
Thus, Laschet does not find his place in the party for which he has run as a candidate. If there were already few possibilities of mounting a government coalition from the position of the second most voted candidate, as it seems that he clings to keeping among the options, the image of a chancellor who does not even obtain the support of his own ends up finishing the task. Söder has already completely ruled out, in a closed-door meeting with the parliamentary group, that Laschet may aspire to form a government, no matter how hard he tries and even if the arithmetic admits that possibility: “These negotiations are not even going to take place. SPD, Greens and Liberals will form their coalition, period. We have to see what to do with Laschet ».