Sung victory of the CDU in the elections in Schleswig-Holstein

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Daniel Günther is reelected and is already a serious candidate to lead the conservatives in the future

Sung triumph of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the parliamentary elections this Sunday in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost of the 16 German states. After last fall’s defeat in the general elections in Germany and the setback in March in the regional elections in the Saarland, where the Conservatives ceded power to the Social Democrats after more than 20 years, polls indicate that the CDU is clearly will win in the border state with Denmark. This Friday’s survey of the “Politbarometer,” the political barometer of the public television network ZDF, gives conservatives 38% of the vote and an overwhelming advantage over their rivals in the polls. Both the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens will gain 18% of the vote, respectively, while the FDP’s liberals will add 8% and the ultra-nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) populists 6%. The representatives of the Danish ethnic minority and their Southern Schleswig electoral association (SSW) will also enter the Kiel Regional Chamber with security and 6% of the potential vote.

The architect of the long-awaited conservative victory is the current Prime Minister of the region, Daniel Günther, one of the most esteemed and close to the people young Christian Democrat barons, who has successfully weathered the coronavirus crisis and managed the strategic tourism The sector with a coastline on two seas, the North and the Baltic, survived the long months of restrictions without major damage. Günther, 48, has led a coalition with Liberals and Greens since 2017 with such success that his desire is to continue to rule with that support, though given the polls he may forego one of his current partners to create a new one. executive branch, an alternative that worries the two small parties in light of the threat of being removed from power. The fact that the chairman of his party, Friedrich Merz, has only appeared once in the entire election campaign in the region, testifies to the certainty of the triumph of the young conservative baron.

Merz, now responsible for reviving his party after last September’s national electoral disaster, has spent the past three weeks campaigning in the densely populated state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where a new regional chamber will vote on 15 May and where the CDU will power is threatened by the Social Democrats. However, many analysts believe that the rivalry between Günther and Merz is the reason for this absence. The new CDU president and the prime minister of Schleswig-Holstein could in the future compete for conservative leadership in the event of a landslide victory for Günther in his region. The current CDU president, 66 years old and in office since last January, does not represent the promised generational change within the conservatives and in his own party there are many who see him as only a temporary leader. Nearly 20 years younger, with government experience that Merz does not have, and blessed with electoral successes, Günther is a serious candidate to lead the 2025 election campaign to return the CDU to federal government leadership.

Source: La Verdad

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