Let us start with a thesis: Today the CDU is one of the most successful people’s parties in Europe. In the past 20 years, she has always achieved results of more than 30 percent in the federal government, thanks in part to votes from a wide variety of backgrounds. Long-time boss Angela Merkel was primarily responsible for this. This model will implode when Merkel is no longer there in 2021.
PETER TAUBER: I think this thesis is wrong. But the new chairman of the CDU must answer the question of what cohesiveness he can develop in the political center. That’s where the CDU belongs – and not just since Angela Merkel, but since Konrad Adenauer. The young Helmut Kohl was also an incredible reformer