“This is not the first time I've been to the CDU congress, since over the last 7 years this political party has allied UDAR. We cooperate and communicate,” remarked Klitschko. “This year’s Congress is of crucial importance for both the future of the party and Germany. The CDU which is the largest political party in Germany, is holding a vote to elect a new leader, as Angela Merkel, who has chaired the CDU for 18 years, will step down as the CDU chairwoman. Also according to her earlier announcement, she will not seek re-election as Germany’s chancellor in 2021,” pointed out Klitschko.
He emphasized that the CDU champions Ukraine on its European path and supports Ukraine’s reforms and foreign policy efforts. And much depends on who chairs the party now. “But I am hopeful, the policy stance towards Ukraine will maintain and the progress, largely encouraged by Angela Merkel, that has been made over these years of cooperation between Germany and Ukraine will further,” stressed Klitschko.
There are twelve candidates for the CDU leadership but the most likely winners are three of them: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn (the Minister of Health).