The board of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU (Christian Democratic Union), wants the prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, to be the man to stand as Merkel’s successor in the upcoming elections.
According to one of the board members, Prime Minister of Hessen Volker Bouffier, the board wants Laschet to be put forward and not the Bavarian Christian Democrat Markus Söder. The CDU wants to join forces with the Bavarian sister party CSU, and nothing has been decided definitively yet.
The matter is being discussed in more bodies of the Christian Democratic parties.
On Monday afternoon, the Bavarian CSU (Christian Social Union) will discuss who should become the new Christian Democratic Prime Minister of Germany if the election results allow it. Söder is Prime Minister of Bavaria.
He said on Sunday that he also wants to become candidate chancellor because he thinks he has good chances in the elections and because Bavaria has never been able to supply a (possible) chancellor for the CDU / CSU.
However, he has also said that he first wants a lot of support from the CDU for his candidacy. If he fails to do so, he says he will not grumble but will work well with candidate prime minister Laschet.
The Germans will go to the polls on September 26.