In fact, it is at Schützenhalle in Eslohe a little guilty, when the local brotherhood of the San Pedro and Paulo rifle celebrates its filming festivals here. Friday night became very political.
The leader of the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (56), and his former adversary of the party's presidency, Friedrich Merz (63), had their first joint appearance since the congress of the party in Hamburg in December.
Officially, it was a campaign event for the upcoming European elections (May 26). But for the more than 1000 people in the seagress hall in the seams, the European elections were secondary. They wanted to see what was happening on stage. Is there anyone who, according to the rumors, could be Economy Minister and take the stage, Chancellor WILL?
But all those who expected federal policies to be established here in the province were disappointed. The night became a classic campaign event. The rumors about possible changes in the federal cabinet were not fed here in the community of 9000 inhabitants.
Upon arrival, Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz were greeted shortly before the back entrance of the living room, but warmly. Interesting then the official welcome of the two guests highlighted by the parliamentary director of the CDU parliamentary group in the NRW state parliament, Matthias Kerkhoff: applause by AKK – encouraging Sauerland Merz.
At 6:29 PM, Merz (dark blue suit, pale blue shirt) stood in front of the stand – up to appalling applause. In fact, they programmed him five minutes. I should "moderate" Kramp-Karrenbauer. But Merz talked more time, capturing people in the lounge praising Sauerland and the people in the area. A new applause!
After that, the stage belonged to the head of the CDU. His appearance was much more sober than that of Merz. Kramp-Karrenbauer not only looked at Sauerland, but throughout the Republic "Germany is only as good as all its people," he said. "This includes the rural regions."
Applause was polite, but also more sober than that of Merz. AKK emphasized the importance of the upcoming European elections, asking for the support of the local candidate for Europe. Peter Liese asked for safe external borders for the EU.
And: criticized federal justice minister Katharina Barley (50 years, SPD) for an interview with the German subsidiary of the controversial "Russia Today" television channel.
After all: in the end, there were still some of the approximately 1000 spectators.