Party conference of the CDU of Germany 2021
|title||33rd Ordinary Party Congress|
|place||Berlin / digital|
|Beginning||January 15, 2021|
|Duration (in days)||2|
The 33rd party conference of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany took place from January 15 to January 16, 2021 for the first time as a digital event without the local presence of delegates. The most important item on the program was the election of the entire CDU federal executive committee and a new party chairman .
The North Rhine-Westphalian politicians Armin Laschet , Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen ran for chairmanship . Laschet won the digital vote in the second round. The result must be legally secured in a postal vote.
Planned party conference on April 25, 2020
On February 10, 2020, the incumbent CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that she was not running for chancellor in the 2021 federal election and that she was withdrawing from the party chairmanship. Originally, an additional party congress for the election of a new chairman was supposed to take place in Berlin on April 25, 2020 , the convening of the ordinary party congress was decided by the federal executive committee on February 24, 2020. On March 12, 2020 it was announced that the party conference would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic .
Planned party conference on December 4, 2020
On September 14, 2020, CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak announced that the regular federal party conference should be shortened to one day on December 4, 2020 in Stuttgart , after the Presidium and the Federal Executive had met the day before. On the agenda of the party congress, which should take place under a strict Corona hygiene concept, only the speech by the outgoing party chairman Kramp-Karrenbauer, a discussion and the election of the new board would have been. There would have been no substantive debates.
On October 26, 2020, the CDU party executive decided against the previously planned scheduling of the party congress due to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to decide on the new date at the earliest in mid-December. Because of the invitation period of four weeks, it was clear that the party congress could not take place until 2021. Friedrich Merz in particular , who is not a member of the federal executive board himself, criticized this decision fiercely and suspected that "the postponement of the party congress has little to do with Corona and a lot to do with other considerations". He interpreted the postponement of the party conference as part of a strategy of the “CDU establishment ” to prevent his election as party chairman.
Digital party convention and postal voting
The three candidates for party chairmanship, Armin Laschet , Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen , agreed on October 31, 2020 to propose a new date for the party congress to the party executive committee in mid-January 2021. On December 14, 2020, the CDU party executive decided that the party congress should begin on Friday evening, January 15, 2021, and should take place almost entirely digitally. Only the presidium of the party and the candidates from Messe Berlin took part, all other delegates were connected digitally.
It was also determined that the entire new CDU federal executive board, including the chairman, would initially be elected digitally on January 16. This is followed by a legally binding final vote by postal vote , the result of which is to be announced on January 22, 2021. In this postal vote, only Armin Laschet will be able to vote as the winner of the digital election, the options are “yes”, “no” and “abstention”. It is the first digitally conducted person election in German party history .
According to General Secretary Paul Ziemiak, the CDU experienced hacker attacks in the form of DDoS attacks on its own website during the party conference . But the party was prepared for such attacks and was largely able to repel them and evade them. The delegates' digital workplaces were set up outside the CDU infrastructure and were therefore not affected, as was the provider's digital voting system, which ran on servers that were not publicly known. As a result, streaming of the party congress on the CDU website was only temporarily restricted - the transmission on YouTube and on television continued, however.
At the party congress, a new election of the entire CDU federal executive board, which had been elected at the party congress in December 2018 , was due.
In February 2020, party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that she would resign from office. First, Norbert Röttgen announced his candidacy for the party chairmanship on February 18, followed shortly after each other on February 25 by North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet , supported by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn , who was temporarily himself a candidate , and Friedrich Merz , who had previously attended the 2018 party conference had run.
The election as chairman is also seen as a programmatic directional decision and an important area code for the CDU and CSU chancellor candidate because Angela Merkel has announced that she will not run again. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder and, most recently, Jens Spahn again, were said to have ambitions.
Candidates and Results
|picture||Personal||Offices (as of January 15, 2021)||Proclamation||Result
(* 1961) North Rhine-Westphalia
Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (since 2017)
Deputy Chairman of the CDU (since 2012)
|February 25, 2020|
(* 1955) North Rhine-Westphalia
Group leader of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag (2000–2002)
Member of the Bundestag (1994–2009)
|February 25, 2020|
(* 1965) North Rhine-Westphalia
|Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee (since 2014)
Member of the Bundestag (1994 – today)
|February 18, 2020||-|
(* 1961) North Rhine-Westphalia
Before the party congress, there was a live stream with the three candidates for the party chairmanship in mid-December 2020, as well as two joint candidate rounds on December 14, 2020 and January 8, 2021. In October, the Junge Union held the so-called JUPitch with the three candidates and themselves Subsequently, in an online vote, a majority vote in favor of Friedrich Merz. The JU chairman Tilman Kuban said that he considered the result to be binding for himself and an important recommendation for the 100 delegates of the JU.
The CDU economic wing, the Mittelstands-Union , supported the candidacy of Friedrich Merz even before the first party conference was canceled by a decision of a presidium meeting in March 2020, and the federal executive committee of the CDA employee wing unanimously voted for Armin Laschet in December. The Women's Union declared around to support a week before the digital party congress, the candidacies of Armin Laschet and Röttgen.
|Others / None|
|January 15, 2021||Forsa||?||19%||21%||29%||31%|
|4-5. January 2021||Infratest dimap||1,020||18%||27%||22%||19%|
|24-25. November 2020||Infratest Dimap||1,047||15%||27%||16%||21%|
|20-22. October 2020||Forsa||1,007 CDU members||24%||45%||13%||-|
|3-5. March 2020||Research group elections||1,276||24%||27%||11%||30%|
- Forecast of delegate votes
|January 14, 2021||The European||310||410||180||100|
|January 11, 2021||The European||310||395||125||170|
|January 8, 2021||The European||290||395||115||200|
|January 3, 2021||The European||260||380||60||300|
The previous deputies, with the exception of the new chairman Armin Laschet, all started again. Jens Spahn , who had already supported Laschet as a team partner in the party election campaign , ran for his place .
- Volker Bouffier : 806 votes
- Silvia Breher : 777 votes
- Julia Klöckner : 787 votes
- Jens Spahn: 589 votes
- Thomas Strobl : 670 votes
- Philipp Murmann : 827 votes
Further members of the executive committee
Mike Mohring did not run again for the election of the seven other members of the Presidium , Jens Spahn had already been elected as deputy party chairman. The following were chosen:
- Bernd Althusmann : 722 votes
- Monika Grütters : 721 votes
- Reiner Haseloff : 811 votes
- Michael Kretschmer : 835 votes
- Karl-Josef Laumann : 768 votes
- Norbert Röttgen : 764 votes
- Annette Widmann-Mauz : 514 votes
Further federal board members
26 assessors were elected to the federal board:
- Christian Baldauf
- Thomas Bareiß
- Peter Beuth
- Hermann Gröhe
- Serap Guler
- Elke Hannack
- Stefan Heck
- Mechthild Heil
- Elisabeth Heister-Neumann
- Gudrun Today-Bluhm
- Laura Hopmann
- Anna Kreye
- Thomas Kufen
- Carsten Linnemann
- Mike Mohring
- Karin Prien
- Lucia Puttrich
- Jan Redmann
- Herbert Reul
- Ina Scharrenbach
- Dagmar Schipanski
- Marc Speicher
- Marco Wanderwitz
- Wiebke Winter
- Monica Wüllner
- Otto Wulff
The following was elected as member representative:
- Henning Otte : 853 votes (94.36%)
On Friday, January 15, there were speeches by the party chairman and general secretary, greetings from Chancellor Angela Merkel , CSU chairman Markus Söder and the President of the European People's Party (EPP) Donald Tusk , as well as the reports of the Federal Treasurer and the Member Commissioner. Representatives have already been elected for the EPP board and the EPP congresses, as well as the members' commissioner and the Federal Party Court.
On Saturday, since none of the three candidates achieved an absolute majority in the first ballot , the new party leader was elected in two ballots . The Bundestag parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus and the chairman of the CDU / CSU group in the EU Parliament Daniel Caspary reported. Before the other posts on the board and the presidium were elected, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen , Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Zichanouskaja addressed the delegates. The party congress ended with the deliberations on applications and the closing remarks by the newly elected Chairman Laschet.
The candidates for observer positions in the Presidium and the National Board were presented digitally through previously submitted videos. Only the candidates for party chairmanship and deputy chairmanship were gathered in Berlin.
Since the main goal of the digital party congress was the election of the new federal executive board, the usual advice on applications was dispensed with. Only on the main proposal of the federal executive committee The CDU: digital and powerful was voted, it was accepted by the delegates with a large majority. In this, the party demands, among other things, a reform of the law on political parties “in order to be able to bring about legal security for the implementation of online party congresses with binding decision-making authority”.
- Official party congress website
- Planned program
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