by Thorsten Koch
The candidate for Chancellor of the two Union parties, Armin Laschet, does not make any unconditional claims to the formation of a government. However, a people’s party must unite more than 30 percent of the votes, he said, adding that neither the Union and the Social Democrats have succeeded in this.
Laschet spoke out in favor of “humility” on the part of both parties and confirmed that he too was responsible for the result of the Union parties. The CDU will discuss the Bundestag election results at all levels. The CDU must renew itself. In East Germany in particular – and overall for “complex reasons” – the results were poor for the CDU. Laschet wants to hold exploratory talks “at eye level” with the Greens and the FDP in a few days’ time.
The CDU federal executive committee is ready “for talks about a Jamaica coalition” between the CDU-CSU, the Greens and the FDP, emphasized Laschet. Such a constellation must be a political project in breadth where everyone has the will to shape something positive for the country”. CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said it was crucial to form a “stable government.” Laschet can negotiate well and “stick together,” he added.
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) finds both a traffic light and a Jamaica coalition to be realistic. It would be a “great contribution” to climate protection if one could prove that Germany can become climate neutral without losing its competitiveness and jobs: “I believe that both the FDP and the Greens, but also the CDU-CSU have a lot of ideas to contribute. ” Internally, one would now advise the reorganization of the CDU.
The re-elected Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) sees a Jamaica coalition as a “bridge” in view of the division within society: “We have to signal readiness to talk.” In view of the election result, the CDU is ready to show responsibility, he concluded.