The CDU executive board has postponed the CDU party conference planned for early December. Because of the Corona pandemic, alternatives such as a digital party conference must be discussed. A final decision should be made in January at the latest.
The CDU party conference planned for the beginning of December, at which a new party chairman should be elected, has been postponed due to the high corona infection figures. This was decided by the CDU executive board, as CDU secretary general Paul Ziemiak announced on Monday after committee meetings. The party leadership, however, still prefers to hold a party conference in person. The further procedure is to be discussed again in mid-December.
If the Corona pandemic does not allow for a party conference, alternatives such as a digital party conference and a postal vote must be discussed, Ziemiak said. A final decision should be made in January at the latest.
Before the meetings of the CDU leadership, there had been speculation about various alternatives to the party conference on December 4 in Stuttgart. In addition to a postponement, other venues or a decentralized party conference at various locations were under discussion.
Acting party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had announced her withdrawal in February. The election of her successor had actually been planned for April; due to the Corona pandemic, the federal party conference had been postponed to December 4. 1001 delegates were to gather in Stuttgart on this date under strict hygiene regulations. The candidates for Kramp-Karrenbauer’s successor are Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Norbert Röttgen, a foreign policy expert, and Friedrich Merz, former Union faction leader.