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The SPD, the Greens and the Left are driving the CDU ahead of them: it should renounce the Union of Values, the last bastion of conservatism. And Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is not the only person who is already sending humble signals that this is not one of them anyway.

Whoever listened to both press conferences - that of the outgoing CDU chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the SPD-Zwiegestirns Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken (she had lost her voice) - could not ignore the thematic intersection. This concerned the next victim that the CDU is supposed to bring to her coalition partner. That is the Union of Values. The union of the conservatives and economic liberals within the Union is a thorn in the flesh for Merkel and those who rule with her - because with her audible contradiction she reminds again and again that the Chancellor Party is selling itself out programmatically and the demands of the in turn disappearing SPD and the rising Greens submits.

The valuesUnion, this annoying troublemaker, should now apparently be switched off on the occasion of the Thuringian events. The first preparatory fire was shot before the AKK's resignation was announced by the usual overzealous of Merkel's power apparatus. For example, the former CDU MEP Elmar Brok. He demands "clear edge against dissenters". He called the Union of Values ​​towards the world "a cancer" and: "you have to fight something like this with all means". This is a choice of words that is reminiscent of that of totalitarian regimes. In the early Soviet Union, for example, the victims of the so-called “cleansing” were defamed as “deviants”.

n the early Soviet Union, for example, the victims of the so-called “cleansing” were defamed as “deviants”. The metaphor of "cancerous growth" for political opponents can also be demonstrated by Hitler and other National Socialists, as well as by Stalin and Trotsky.

This attitude is seconded in the press. For example, through a comment in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, which states that Kramp-Karrenbauer “must finally draw a line between her party and Maassen's people. Because the valuesUnion and the values ​​of the CDU no longer fit into a union. ”About the Thuringian CDU member of the Bundestag Mark Hauptmann, who had criticized instructions and" prohibitions on thinking "via Twitter that" now came from a power center ", it said South Germans: "Hauptmann is not an AfD member, but sits for the CDU in the Bundestag." The message is clear: Whoever criticizes Merkel is close to the AfD, that is, intolerable.

According to information from Bild, fractional leader Ralph Brinkhaus, once elected against the Chancellor's will, said on the CDU federal executive board: "The people of the Union of Values ​​do not belong to us." Apparently there was even a decision on the incompatibility of the Union of Values ​​with the CDU discussed. 

And then, shortly afterwards in her press conference, Kramp-Karrenbauer said when asked: "It had become very very clear on the Federal Executive Board that members of the WertUnion, who in one place or another don't even have to be or are members of the CDU, if that talk about the fact that there are agreements, rapprochement points, similarities with the AfD, that they are moving away from the decisions of the CDU and, in my view, also from the CDU's fundamental values. And that is why it is the question that everyone who thinks he has to get involved with is the ValueUnion, which everyone has to ask himself if he can remain a member of the CDU. "

So this is a somewhat bumpy phrase, almost reminiscent of Merkel, to the Union Value: Better leave us right away, otherwise you will soon be kicked out.

And then, after the AKK, the SPD chairmen Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken appear - and make it unmistakably clear what they expect (to remember: the smaller party of the grand coalition) from the CDU: It is "very uncertain where the CDU is developing ”and whether it could still be a home for people who wanted a clear demarcation from the law. The message is the same that was carried out in the summer of the so-called coalition crisis: At that time the SPD demanded from the Union that President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution be dismissed. Now the Chancellor Party should send the Union of Values ​​- Walter-Borjans always spoke of "right-wing forces" - into the desert.

Anyone who has observed the functional mechanisms of Merkel's governance in recent years can imagine what will happen next. At the local level, the Left Party apparently understood how to drive the CDU alongside the SPD. In Cologne, for example, a left-wing politician is demanding that the CDU become "active". The chairman of the Cologne-Südstadt branch is the media lawyer Ralf Höcker, board member and press spokesman for the values ​​union.
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Höcker has been a keen critic of the Chancellor for years. He opposes TE's statements against TE: "What should you think of" party friends "who call you a" cancer "? It's just disgusting. The Union of Values ​​reaches out to everyone in the Union, including the splitters and agitators. We have come to stay and we are getting more every day. ”

Conciliatory tones also came from the chairman of the Union of Values, Alexander Mitsch. He thanked the outgoing party leader for "positive impulses". The CDU must “now not make the mistake of being crushed by the unrestrained leftist agitation that we have experienced since Thomas Kemmerich's election. The biggest challenge for the new party leader will be to reconnect conservative groups of voters to our party, which we lost to the AfD due to the political mistakes of the past few years. ”

It will be easier for ruling CDU politicians to win back voters like these, just to continue to rule in coalitions with the SPD or the Greens - and perhaps soon the left as well. Especially when enforcing your own positions is not a priority anyway, because they no longer exist. But whether the CDU would be able to cope with the open break with the conservatives remaining in the party, perhaps even their split-off, without further fatal election losses is more than questionable. After that, the Union would become an intellectual and soon political undead.

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