Fight for CDU party leaders Spahn mocked Merz and Kramp-Karrenbauer
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For the first time there was a sharp tone in the race for the chairman of the CDU party: Health Minister Jens Spahn explained why he was the right person for the position – and what problems he saw in Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz.
Jmake Spahn, Friedrich Merz, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer – who among them is the new CDU chairman? In the race for posts fall now for the sharp tone of the first time. Health Minister Jens Spahn clearly distinguished himself from his rivals in conversations with newspapers from the "German Editorial Network".
Spahn Wankelmut accused his opponent, Friedrich Merz. While CDU members know for themselves what he is fighting for, because he has been actively involved in the past few years, that doesn't happen with Merz. Merz initially expressed sympathy for European unemployment insurance, but then relativisually.
Also, Merz has not been on the political scene for a long time, criticizing Spahn indirectly. "In the past two years, I have made more than 250 meetings on the site and discussed it with many members and voters," Spahn said. "I have campaigned with the party in good times and bad times." The Andean Pact, an internal CDU connection that supports Merz, calls Spahn a "tour group".
Against Kramp-Karrenbauer as chairman of the CDU spoke to Spahn their attitude towards marriage for same-sex couples to whom he entered. "I married my husband in December. If our marriage was called with the same breath as incest or polygamy, it struck me personally," Spahn said. Kramp-Karrenbauer said in 2015 that homosexual marriages could lead to demands for "marriage between close relatives or more than two people".
"It feels good and right"
At Chancellor Angela Merkel Spahn said that CDU owes her a lot: "He remains Chancellor." When he announced his withdrawal, he had realized that he would run for party president. "It feels good and right."
The Minister of Health is considered a policy critic of Merkel's refugees. However, both of them support greater protection of Europe's external borders and, in this context, call for partial neglect of national sovereignty. "We need a strong Europe in protecting external borders," Spahn said. "We need to give Frontex a stronger mandate for real border protection."
The pure advisory role of the European Union Border and Coastal Guard Authority is not enough. "That means we have to give up some national sovereignty," Spahn told the newspaper. "Then maybe a Spanish European Union official in Frankfurt checks my passport. But that is acceptable if we can get free travel in Europe through safe external borders."
Spahn to cancel negotiations on EU accession with Turkey
In addition, Spahn spoke in support of a break in negotiating EU accession with Turkey. "The end of the accession negotiations will be honest," Spahn said. "Everyone can see that Turkey is currently not a member of the European Union."
The European Union has officially opened accession talks with the Turkish government by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2005. However, the negotiations soon came to a halt, and the willingness to reform in Ankara also eased for years.
"We need a close partnership with Turkey," Spahn said. "But the others are illusions for a predictable future."