the EU budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU) can imagine the former Union parliamentary leader Friedrich Merz as a candidate for Chancellor. Almost half of the party delegates would have Merz, the CDU-elected-Chairman – “and a CDU-Chairman, a possible Chancellor candidate,” said Oettinger, the Newspapers of the Funke media group (online: Wednesday, print: Thursday).

First of all, the decision on the next candidacy for Chancellor in the case of the new CDU leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who have the first right of access. But there was “no automatism”.

Kramp-Karrenbauer had set itself in a vote at the Federal party in Hamburg only narrowly against Merz, the conservative and liberal wings of the party. Merz showed afterwards open to a Minister in the Federal government– with a change in the German government of Angela Merkel (CDU), he can not expect, however, currently.