Germany: tackling the challenges together with Aachener Armin Laschet
Updated: Jan 23, 2021
Important tasks lie ahead – coping with the pandemic – leading Germany into a good future
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At today's digital CDU-Parteitag (CDU party conference), Aachener Armin Laschet was elected the new Parteivorsitzender – subject to a written final vote that is ongoing. Ralph Brinkhaus, president of the CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion (CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament), comments:
"On behalf of the entire Fraktion (parliamentary group), I congratulate Armin Laschet most cordially on today's election. I am firmly convinced that the delegates will unanimously confirm this result in the context of the postal vote that is still to be held."
"The task of leading the largest Volkspartei (People's Party) entails great responsibility. We are looking forward to working with the new president - and wish him luck and God's blessing.”
“It was good and important to clarify the leadership of the party."
"Now we should quickly turn our attention back to what concerns the citizens in their daily lives. First and foremost, it is about dealing with the pandemic.”
“In addition, we want to shape the future."
"That means securing economy’s competitiveness and jobs in Germany. That means more sustainability in all policy areas, in climate as well as in finance. It means ensuring internal and external security, with more financial resources and the corresponding competences for our security forces. And it means rethinking education in a new and modern way."
Armin Laschet was born in 1961 in the Aachen suburb of Burtscheid. After studying law in Bonn and München, he completed studies in journalism. Next to his journalistic work for Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk and Catholic newspaper KirchenZeitung Aachen he has always been politically active. Laschet has been a member of the CDU party since 1979 and from 1989 to 2004 he was Ratsherr der Stadt Aachen (Stadt Aachen councillor). Having held the position of Landesvorsitzender der CDU Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalian CDU state chairman) since 2012 he became the eleventh Ministerpräsident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen in 2017.