Correspondent in Berlin
The polls harshly punish the CDU / CSU and the German conservatives try to turn their electoral campaign around with the presentation of their candidate’s team, Armin Laschet, who until now campaigned practically alone and did not appoint shadow ministers out of respect for his party colleagues still in charge of the portfolios. But once this loneliness was identified as one of the main causes of the demographic disaster, Laschet just nominated eight people that proposes for his government, including four women and four men, a team with representation from the Länder and local politics, their racial quota and that brings together dynamic and innovative young people with the old CDU, represented mainly by the presence of Friedrich Merz . Former leader of the parliamentary group and synonymous with DAX 30, his presence guarantees tax cuts and a balanced budget, as well as closing wounds within the party. Merz has promised a “stable euro” and “to use the full growth potential of our economy.”
A foreign minister is missing in the group photo, a gap that Laschet leaves for the party with whom to form a coalition, but it does have a presence that renews the relationship between Home and Foreign policy, Peter Neumann. Terrorism expert, founder of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, has excellent international contacts and “knows the threats well,” Laschet said, pointing to international terrorism and radicalism, both on the right. as left. “Our greatest challenges, such as the pandemic, the climate, hybrid wars or national security, are played in a continuous line that an Interior and Exterior”, has expressed his ambivalence the most innovative figure of the team.
Andreas Jung appears as the head of the climate and energy area. “Need faster weather protection“He said, and promised to base change on innovation and technology, most notably hydrogen, and” keeping jobs. ” Dorothee Bär, head of Estado Digital, has stated that “we have to accelerate the administration”, ignite the “digital turbo” to make life easier for individuals and families. Doro Bär, as she is called in the game, has been very satisfied to belong to a team that “together we now have 19 children and 2 grandchildren, which shows that we are working for the future.”
Laschet wants Germany to become a “rising republic” and therefore wants Karin Prien at the head of Education, who believes that “we are at the gates of an educational revolution to which it is necessary to respond not only with technology, but with pedagogy ”, and that considers that“ creating educational equality is a megadget of our time ”. You want to make sure that all the children speak German when they get to school. Silvia Breher arrives with new aid to families under her arm; Barbara Klepsch proposes expand the quota of rural doctors and build a million and a half urban homes by 2025; and Joe Chialo, head of the Creative Economy department, arrives to assist the intellectuals and artists. Chialo was born in Bonn to Tanzanian parents who worked in the diplomatic service. After studying History, Politics and Economics in Erlangen, he began a career as a music manager and television producer in 1997. Laschet hopes that it will help incentivize “new business models.”
“Now we are waiting to see which team the new left coalition presents,” Laschet challenged in his farewell to his opponent, Olaf Scholz, thus underlining that the Social Democrat will need to govern parties that will end their apparent restraint and declared centrism. But no matter how hard he tries to offer himself as an alternative to a more or less radical left-wing government, Laschet is leaving behind an era in the CDU and it is clear that he presents a team that lacks filming of government.