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Visit to Tegernsee: Merz speaks only as Merz

  • At the "Ludwig Erhard summit" on the Tegernsee, Friedrich Merz addresses the policy of Angela Merkel in his speech, without mentioning the chancellor by name.
  • It was a serious mistake, he said, to make domestic policy decisions that had not been coordinated with the EU.
  • He also regretted that it had failed to give French President Emmanuel Macron a constructive response to its EU reform proposals.

From Josef Kelnberger, Weißach

For a few moments on Friday, the sun actually broke over the Tegernsee and illuminated a winter dream landscape, almost too cheesy, to be true. What kind of backdrop would this have been for Friedrich Merz, who owns a house nearby, as the new CDU chairman and certainly the next Federal Chancellor to present his seven-point program for the future of Germany and Europe.

Merz demanded, while it shone and sparkled outside, in a congress hall the abolishment of the solidarity surcharge, ultimately for the end of 2019, the founding of a German-French digital company modeled on Airbus. Demanded tax relief, investment offensive, digitization offensive and much more. "We are witnessing a tectonic shift in global power and influence centers," Merz said. Germany and Europe, every single citizen must prove themselves in a "cultural struggle" for the preservation of a free society.

That's the way statesmen speak. Alone, who or what does Friedrich Merz hold such jerks now?

Merz is to be involved in party work

It did not work out with the CDU chairmanship and he will not become minister for the time being. But now party leader Kramp-Karrenbauer has found new tasks for Friedrich Merz.


Even a month after the CDU party congress applies: Friedrich Merz has lost the runoff election against Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. 48 percent of the delegates would have opted for him, 52 percent just not, says Merz in Weißach with a fine smile. As it deep inside him, he keeps to himself. His speech was so large that it seemed to confirm the theory that he was prepared to be a chancellor candidate, especially in the event that the CDU smears down in the 2019 elections. Such questions would not concern him, he replies. The truth is: Friedrich Merz speaks for the time being only as Friedrich Merz.

On Tegernsee Merz moved on unrestricted domestic terrain

By no means does he want to join the party structure. He had offered to the new chairman on the phone, the CDU "as a person" with words and deeds to the side, says Merz. To what extent she perceives the offer is now up to Kramp-Karrenbauer. This statement is important to him after it became known that he had agreed to contribute his knowledge to an expert group of business and science, and to advise the party on matters of transatlantic relations. He wants to do that as Friedrich Merz, but not as a committee person. He can not be assigned a task, says Merz. He takes this freedom and independence so vehemently that it is initially speculated that there is another row between AKK and him. A CDU spokeswoman assures in Berlin: "The circle of advisors to the party chairman, to which he is to belong, is not an official committee of the party.Therefore, there is no dissent." But there are different interpretations. On Tegernsee Merz moved on unrestricted domestic terrain. The "Ludwig Erhard summit", as the title of the event in which he appeared, is organized by the publisher Wolfram Weimer, formerly editor-in-chief of Welt and Focus, The financial investor Blackrock, for whom Merz is a professional, is one of the "partners" of the summit, whose visitors in large numbers want a course correction from the CDU, as propagated by Merz am Tegernsee, framed by pictures by Ludwig Erhard.

Hardly Friedrich Merz addressed in his speech the policy of Angela Merkel, without mentioning the Chancellor by name. It was a serious mistake, he said, to make domestic policy decisions that had not been coordinated with the EU. He called the energy transition and refugee policy. This approach is a pity for European cohesion. "And then we should not be surprised at the picture of the ugly Germans in many other European countries." He also regretted that it had failed to give French President Emmanuel Macron a constructive response to its EU reform proposals. In this context, his proposal of a Digital Airbus fell.

"If we are serious about the industrial nation Germany, the future in the European Union and competitive companies in the world, then we have to set our priorities again." That's what Friedrich Merz stands for in person, as before. Let's see how much value the CDU of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer puts on his advice.

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Friedrich Merz has lost the race for the CDU presidency, but in the party he continues to stimulate the fantasies. The new boss Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts calmly.By Stefan Braun


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