Berlin-Charlottenburg, a Saturday in early March. Tilman Kuban and Stefan Gruhner arrive in ironed shirts in front of the town hall, shake
Hands, make selfies, welcome many guests by their names. Before that, they were in Leipzig, where they already had the same program
have pulled through once. For weeks they have been touring Germany.
from Hochsauerland to Südbaden – to meet the members
of their youth association.
This Saturday, delegates choose the Young Union (JU) in Berlin a new chairman. This has become necessary because the previous JU boss Paul Ziemiak was in December surprisingly CDU General Secretary. Kuban and Gruhner both want to lead the youth association in the future, which has 105,000 members after all, more than the German Greens.
Before the two candidates in Charlottenburg go up the stairs to the third floor, 30 people stand up
Supporters of Gruhner in front of the Art Nouveau facade and surround
him for a photo with blue "Stefan" signs. Gruhner is the
Favorite in this election campaign. He takes his typical photo pose: The
Hands at the level of the navel, his two thumbs touching each other. Would he break his fingers
Small little more stretch would be the iconic Merkel diamond
Many JU bosses make afterwards political career
But copies of the Chancellor are certainly not available for election. As the Jusos criticize their SPD from the left, the Junge Union appears more conservative than its mother party.
Gruhner and Kuban are no exception. Gruhner, Member of Parliament from Thuringia, in his remarks repeatedly the current big
Coalition in question. Kuban, candidates for the European Parliament
Lower Saxony, attacked Angela Merkel because of her refugee policy.
The position of JU boss is sought after, because it is for many a dress rehearsal for higher office. Former JU chairman Ziemiak has been promoted to CDU general secretary. His predecessor, Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesman for the Union faction. The former JU chairmen Hermann Gröhe and Hildegrard Müller made the leap into the federal government.
The fight candidate is making the Junge Union just what the CDU also lived the trio Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jens Spahn and
Friedrich Merz traveled through the Federal Republic last autumn to promote the favor of the CDU members.
Spahn, all winged, compared this afterwards to the tour of a rock band.
For the regional conference a new handkerchief
As at a rock concert, it does not look exactly like it in Charlottenburg. To
The regional conference has invited the Junge Union Berlin and Brandenburg. Well 120 members have come, many
wear shirts and polished leather shoes, and even clothes
Sneaker. A young man points to his new handkerchief and
reap appreciative nod.
The top candidates start with theirs
Talk and speak about their CVs. Stefan Gruhner tells how
he in the Thuringian state parliament between the AfD right outside Björn Höcke
and the Left Chief Bodo Ramelow sits and calls to the "Department
Attack against left and right-wing populists. "Tilman Kuban, on a promising
List position for the European Parliament, emphasizes
EU ambitions. He would find it a strong sign when he as
JU federal chairman the policy in Europe could shape.
Issues of asylum and migration will both save you on this day. It belongs to the
conservative tone of the JU,
that Kuban wants to discuss the term Leitkultur and
Gruhner about clan crime and "honor killings" says:
"In this country, the parliaments make the laws and not the prophet." But
Overall, both follow the strategy of their parent party, the straight
more about pension instead of refugees.