After the poor election result in the Bundestag election, the CDU wants to reinvent itself from scratch. The Minister of Economics has now also commented on this: A clear demarcation from the AfD is the order of the day.

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) has warned against a stronger right-wing orientation of the party. The Christian Democrats must continue the course that was taken by Chancellor Angela Merkel and focus on a clear demarcation from the AfD. The minister said that to the “Deutschlandfunk”. He described the result of the general election as a “disaster”. The party must now understand the lesson of the voters.

Two and a half weeks after the federal election, the party is in the middle of a debate about the content and personnel list. The CDU announced on Monday that it would re-elect the entire federal executive committee at a special party conference. A meeting of the district chairpersons is planned on October 30th to listen to the membership. Three days later, the Presidium and the Federal Executive Committee will decide how the base will be specifically incorporated into a staff and content renewal. It remains to be seen whether the party congress will take place in December or, if possible, in January.

Altmaier and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced last week that they wanted to forego their mandates in the Bundestag in order to enable a generation change in the Union parliamentary group. On Tuesday it became known that Wolfgang Schäuble, who had been a formative CDU politician for years, wanted to withdraw from the party’s leadership. Unlike Altmaier and Kramp-Karrenbauer, however, he wants to exercise his direct mandate for the full electoral term.

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