“Health just comes first”

Against unlimited powers of attorney by the government: Ralph Brinkhaus
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The parliamentary group leader of the Union in the Bundestag defends the postponement of the CDU party congress against the criticism of Friedrich Merz. Ralph Brinkhaus also speaks about Parliament’s role during the pandemic.

Mr. Brinkhaus, the election of a new CDU chairman has been postponed until next year. Do you understand the annoyance of the candidate Friedrich Merz, who called it a decision against the party base?

What guided the CDU presidium and the CDU board in this decision was concern for the health and the development of the pandemic. That is very far ahead; after that nothing comes for a long time.

And do you fully share these motivations?

I voted for it in both decision-making bodies. When weighing up the pros and cons, health comes first.