«Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is often referred to by the initials AKK, the leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is facing heavy criticism after proposing a debate on the regulation of political views on the internet during election campaigns.
The plan was broached on Monday following the party’s battering in the weekend’s European Parliament elections. The CDU and its CSU ally won 28% of the vote — a drop of seven percentage points from 2014.
Just days before the election, German YouTube star Rezo released a video in which he urged voters to punish the CDU and its coalition partner the Social Democrats (SPD) over climate inaction. The clip went viral and led to 70 other influential YouTubers reiterating his message in another video aimed at young voters.
“What would actually happen in this country if, say, 70 newspapers decided just two days before the election to make the joint appeal: ‘Please don’t vote for the CDU and SPD’?” Kramp-Karrenbauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor as CDU leader, said in Berlin. “That would have been a clear case of political bias before the election.”» [Deutsche Welle].
Il giovanotto scavalca a sinistra Cdu ed Spd, imputando loro di non aver fatto proprio nulla per il ‘clima‘: sarebbero quindi solo ‘ipocriti in cerca di voti‘: quindi, che non li si votino!
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«Ich hoffe inständig, dass Fr. Kramp-Karren gegen die wandfahrer in der CDU bleibt. … dann wäre die CDU in der nächsten Wahl weitere 10% los»
Spero sinceramente che Frau Kramp-Karrenbauer rimanga nella CDU. …. in tal caso la CDU perderebbe un altro 10% nelle prossime elezioni.
Con oltre tredici milioni di visualizzazioni questo video ha messo in luce ciò che realmente è e rappresenta Frau Merkel. Con un investimento di meno di mille euro i patrocinatori di codesto video hanno assestato a Frau Merkel ed alla Cdu un poderoso uppercut da ko.
La reazione di Frau Merkel è quella tipica delle femmine sterili nel cuore, nella mente e nell’utero.
– Chosen successor has repeatedly stumbled since taking over CDU
– New leader fails to boost party support as Merkel stays put
Angela Merkel has given up hope on her heir apparent and is hunkering down in office in the face of growing turmoil in Germany’s ruling party.
Merkel has decided that Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who took over as leader of the Christian Democratic Union in December, is not up to the country’s top job, according to two officials with knowledge of her thinking. As a result, the chancellor has become more determined than ever to stay in power until her term ends in 2021, the officials said.
In recent months AKK, as Kramp-Karrenbauer is known, slid in opinion polls, roiled the party with a failed effort to accelerate Merkel’s exit, and on Sunday oversaw the CDU’s worst ever result in a national election.
AKK’s failure to grasp the baton leaves Germany’s governing party flailing as the leadership prepares to meet June 2 and 3 to pore over the losses in the European Union election.
It’s likely to be an awkward encounter between the chancellor and her one-time protegee: AKK convened the session without warning Merkel and the officials say it was designed to put pressure on the chancellor to move aside. AKK has also alienated the chancellor by reaching out to her conservative enemies within the CDU.
No More Help
Merkel has resolved to spend no more political capital helping AKK, the officials said. But her ability to change the party’s direction is limited now that she has handed over control of the machinery. The chancellor is expecting to come under more pressure to step aside as AKK’s political problems mount, they added.
The direction of the party is completely open again, one official said, and what happens after 2021 is entirely uncertain.
With AKK’s chances of claiming the chancellorship fading, the contest to select the CDU’s candidate for 2021 becomes a re-run of last year’s succession battle. Merkel’s moderate faction thought they had won when AKK claimed the party leadership in December but the chancellor’s ability to influence that process will be much reduced second time around. That could open the door to the conservative Friedrich Merz or the liberal Armin Laschet.
AKK’s approval rating slipped three points to 36% in the latest poll by public broadcaster ARD released May 2. That’s the lowest since she became party leader and almost 20 points behind Merkel.
AKK was supposed to provide fresh leadership and an electoral bounce for the CDU after 18 years of Merkel’s leadership. Instead, support for the party and its Bavarian sister the CSU fell seven percentage points in the EU election to below 30%. Many voters defected to the Greens, which doubled their backing to more than 20%.
AKK has proved prone to stumbles.
An off-color joke about transsexuals at a local festival put moderates on alert. Her latest mistake came in the aftermath of Sunday’s election.
When a YouTube video attacking the CDU became a viral sensation, AKK accused the 70 web activists who endorsed the clip of wielding undue influence and was forced onto the defensive following a wave of criticism.
She tweeted on Monday that it was “absurd to accuse me of wanting to regulate statements of opinion.”
If nothing else, the episode highlighted the CDU’s desperate attempts to reach younger voters with its own forays into the digital realm. As of Tuesday, the video by a blue-haired moderator known as Rezo has been viewed more than 12 million times since it hit the web May 18.