CDU takes broom through party summit after election defeat

The German Christian Democratic CDU cleans up after the lost election two weeks ago. The entire party summit has to be re-elected, the current board has determined. That should be done at a special party congress at the end of this year.

The decision almost certainly means the end of party leader and leader Armin Laschet. He was the head of the CDU only since January. Laschet hinted at the end of last week that he is willing to leave, especially now that the CDU is sidelined in front of a new cabinet for the time being.

The CDU and the Bavarian sister party CSU (which has its own board) achieved the worst results in their existence in the parliamentary elections. The party of separating Chancellor Merkel lost more than 8 percentage points and ended for the first time since 2002 behind the Social Democratic SPD. Together with two other winners, the Greens and the Liberal FDP, the SPD is now looking at whether a new government can be formed.

‘Nothing or no one spared’

Despite the loss, the CDU has not rolled heads yet. That also has to do with the fact that in theory the party can still enter a next cabinet and become Laschet Chancellor. In practice, this opportunity seems nil; many local departments now want a complete renewal.

At the beginning of November, a date will be set for Congress to elect new directors and evaluate election defeat. CDU driver Paul Ziemiak said that nothing or no one should be spared in doing so. It is not yet clear how the 400,000 CDU members get a vote in the renewal process.