Merkel's successor is the politician most comfortable for Russia


On January 16, 2021, 59-year-old Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, became the new chairman of the ruling Christian Democratic Union party in Germany. As a result of the second round of elections at the online party congress, 521 delegates voted for him remotely, and 466 voted for his competitor, Friedrich Merz, German media reported.


According to German federal law, delegates must now confirm their will in writing. The counting results will be released on January 22nd.

It should be noted that the loser Merz has an ambiguous position on the Nord Stream 2 gas transmission project. He proposed introducing a moratorium on gas pumping for several years. More recently Merz indignant "The barbaric actions of Russia" and unsubstantiatedly accused the Russian leadership of the flow of refugees to Europe, as well as the attempt on the life of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

In contrast, Laschet is a centrist and moderate politician. He is the only candidate who had experience in managing an entire region, in this case, the most populated and one of the largest in terms of area. He is closest to policyhosted by Angela Merkel.

Laschet confirmed this in his campaign speech, saying that he favored consensus and the unification of Germans, which Merkel, who was close to him ideologically, had repeatedly called for. On Nord Stream 2, he adheres to the official position of the government. Thus, the German politician most comfortable for Russia became the successor of Merkel.

We remind you that elections to the Bundestag (parliament) are to take place on September 26 this year. After which a new government of Germany will be formed. Chancellor Merkel is leaving politics, and the decision on who will be the next head of government will be made in consultations of the CDU-CSU alliance.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 16 January 2021 18: 17
    +3
    A handful of deputies decide the fate of the German people. Give direct free elections!
    The next chancellor should be a representative of migrants laughing
    But seriously, one should not wonder how comfortable this or that politician is, but make sure that the conduct of a policy that does not correspond to Russian interests automatically makes it extremely uncomfortable for any politician to be in the Chancellor's chair.
    1. Hayer31 Offline Hayer31
      Hayer31 (Kashchei) 16 January 2021 21: 10
      -8
      There, even a "handful" decides and basically for the people. and you Gopniks decide the fate of the country and mainly for personal "needs".
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 16 January 2021 21: 17
        +4
        There, even a "handful" decides and basically for the people. and you Gopniks decide the fate of the country and mainly for personal "needs".

        Mainly for which people? American? Whom they say, that and appoint laughing
      2. Dear sofa expert. 16 January 2021 21: 53
        +6
        "a handful" decides and basically for the people.

        The “handful” decided in 2015, without any control, to let over a million refugees into the country.
        Does this also apply to "mainly for the people"?
        1. Hayer31 Offline Hayer31
          Hayer31 (Kashchei) 17 January 2021 00: 31
          -2
          They thought that Refugees would come and there would be cheap labor, but they made a mistake, and admitted out loud that they were wrong, and since 2000, who has confessed to your mistakes? Even Mutko did not admit that the Olympics were not allowed.
          1. Dear sofa expert. 17 January 2021 00: 53
            +5
            They thought that Refugees would come and there would be cheap labor,

            Yeah?) And before that, Germany did not have enough cheap labor?)
            But what about your own 3 million unemployed? And there are enough people from Eastern Europe who want to work in Germany.
            So what was the “handful” thinking about?)
            1. Bitter Offline Bitter
              Bitter (Gleb) 17 January 2021 22: 22
              -3
              ... own 3 million unemployed?

              It is difficult to answer for all, but in general, wherever you climb, you will get off on "own" ones. You will not be able to lure for every job and salary. They know the laws and the "substance" is often something that is. And the "new ones" can be "used".

              ... there are enough people from Eastern Europe ...

              Everything there is regulated by EU acts and laws, and often everything is not so simple.

              So what was the “handful” thinking about?)

              Probably the situation was like this, perhaps the original solution was not optimal. Always and for everyone, being good will not work, but people are working on solutions to pressing problems. In general, it is not a lot of criticism. wink
              1. Dear sofa expert. 18 January 2021 00: 25
                +2
                It's hard to answer for everyone ...

                You said that correctly. Further - about nothing.)

                there are enough people from Eastern Europe ...
                Everything there is regulated by EU acts and laws, and often everything is not so simple.

                Precisely - it is regulated. In favor of the EU members.
                Same as with refugees. In any case, for the first 3 months there is a complete ban on work, then very limited employment is possible, up to a complete solution of their status (months? Years?).
                That is, the concept of using migrants as a slave. strength, how does it not fit?)

                In general, it is not a lot of criticism.

                So after all the goal is to criticize, and it was not set.
      3. Dear sofa expert. 17 January 2021 00: 59
        +4
        ... and who has confessed to your mistakes since 2000?

        And with us, is it not "and you" too?
        Where did you come from and how long ago did you move to Germany to talk about Russia as something “not related to you”?
        1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
          A.Lex (Secret information) 17 January 2021 16: 22
          +5
          And this, along the way, from the galloping appeared here.
    2. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 17 January 2021 21: 53
      -3
      ... the conduct of a policy that did not correspond to Russian interests automatically made it extremely uncomfortable for any politician to be in the Chancellor's chair.

      Ha ha ha, Ukraine has already "done" good , miserable reformers. We would have sat, quietly sniffing and pulling the pipe.
      No matter how comfortable he was, he will not do as he wants, but as he should.
  2. Armin Laschet is not a German name, although he looks the most good-natured
    1. Dear sofa expert. 16 January 2021 21: 04
      +5
      Armin Laschet is not a German name,

      Belgian origin. Not a bad politician. Of these 3 candidates, this is the best choice. It is a pity that Markus Söder did not participate in the selection. Then one could really talk about "comfortable ..". But maybe it will come to this.
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 January 2021 23: 27
    -1
    Comfortable / uncomfortable, to decide / not to decide for the country .....
    Russia is somewhere in the 10th place in the German trade. And the Americans - in the first, recently it was, I read, even the first.
    So you can't press hard.
    1. Germans seem to need our gas badly!
    2. Dear sofa expert. 17 January 2021 01: 32
      +7
      Russia is somewhere in the 10th place in the German trade. And the Americans - in the first, recently it was, I read, even the first.

      Yes it is. But in fairness, it should be noted that the volume of trade between Russia and Germany, after the recession in 2015, is growing quite rapidly again. For example, from 2018 to 2019, it grew by 8,4%. Agree, this is an impressive result. And this is despite the sanctions imposed by the Americans (and counter-sanctions in response).

      But the volume of trade between Germany and the United States tends to gradually decline. So, apparently, everything is not as gloomy as you see it.
  4. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 17 January 2021 01: 34
    0
    What's the difference? Will still do what America forces.
    1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
      A.Lex (Secret information) 17 January 2021 16: 23
      +1
      Let's see, Yura, we'll see.
      1. shinobi Offline shinobi
        shinobi (Yuri) 17 January 2021 17: 34
        +2
        Like the classics:

        The empire is where its garrison stands!

        Are there US garrisons in Germany? Are standing. De facto, Germany is under occupation. Is the threat of sanctions enough to make their firms back down? Enough. So look, don't look, but they will do what they order from Washington.
        1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
          A.Lex (Secret information) 25 January 2021 14: 22
          +1
          That is so, Yura, but the story is not over yet? So we'll see what's next, waking up!
          Shl-at one time the USSR and half of Europe owned ... the result -?
          1. shinobi Offline shinobi
            shinobi (Yuri) 25 January 2021 15: 02
            0
            Did he own, or did he feed?
            1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
              A.Lex (Secret information) 31 January 2021 09: 10
              0
              And here is how to look! As it says:

              Whoever feeds a girl dances her!
    2. isofat Offline isofat
      isofat (isofat) 17 January 2021 16: 33
      +1
      Official Brussels is developing a plan to limit the dependence of the European Union on the US dollar. Measures are proposed to promote the euro in financial markets and reduce Europe's vulnerability to US sanctions.

      He writes about it Financial Times with reference to the draft of the relevant document on Saturday, January 16.
  5. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 17 January 2021 17: 37
    +2
    Someone is talking about what, and I, as always, about what I saw. Several business trips there, taken from the airport of Dusseldorf or Frankfurt, comparing the car fleet on the highway. Quite budgetary not very new cars, jeeps and geldings, read and did not see. In the evening, at the closed small grocery store, three Smart with numbers in order, obviously for home delivery. Green parking at the exhibition in Dusseldorf, supposedly the largest complex in Europe, ceramic tiles with slots. There is a gas tank behind the hotel. The beer is excellent, raw minced meat with a raw egg did not go ...
    Good luck to everyone!