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Prospective party presidencies demand open discussion
Dhe candidate CDU party chairman Jens Spahn called for a vote at the CDU's federal party convention on handling a controversial UN refugee pact and did not rule out a delay in signing. "All citizen questions are on the table and answered, if not, it will catch us politically quickly," said Spahn from "Bild am Sonntag". "If necessary, we will sign it later."
Spahn pointed out that there was intense discussion in the Union faction about the Migration Pact. This must happen "as open at the CDU party congress" in December.
The Federal Minister of Health has sharply criticized the Federal Government's handling of the UN migration pact so far: "Because we did not take an active part in the discussion, we got the impression that we had something to hide and that the agreement was very unfortunate." Lack of transparency encourages distrust. This has become clear during the debate about the Transatlantic trade agreement, TTIP.
In addition, Spahn made his party responsible for the success of the AFD. "The fact that the AfD is now sitting in 16 national parliaments and the Bundestag is also up to us," he told "BamS". However, CDU can "be the only party offering a dropout program for AfD voters."
In the case of his election as chairman of the CDU, he wanted to specifically go to the "AfD camp" and discuss with supporters, Spahn said. "We talk about AfD voters too often here in Berlin politics, not them, and instead I want to offer open and unbiased and convincing discussions."
On the other hand, Spahn put aside the coalition with the AfD at the provincial or federal level: "There should be no cooperation for us with parties that support anti-Semitism and racism in its ranks, support Russian autocrats, think nationally and want fewer Europeans."
Spahn counted with former Union faction leader Friedrich Merz and CDU Secretary General Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to the most promising candidates for the party presidency. Chancellor Angela Merkel's successor at the CDU head will be elected in December at a congressional party in Hamburg.