"Anne Will" with Friedrich Merz: Time travel with the CDU candidate


The title of a program should not be fooled. In "Anne Will," it was only marginally about the "divided country" and the question "Who guarantees cohesion?" At the center of the debate, however, it pays to see crouching statesman "I'm here then" -Mi Friedrich Merz. A more appropriate title might have been: "Dude, the white man is doubled by two women – How useful are time travel?"

As head of the CDU, whose presidency he is currently seeking, Merz would probably like to provide cohesion in the future. Interesting, as he imagines. A division of at least your party into people who still feel "at home" and people who feel AfD or – horribile dictu! – even migrated to the Greens, Merz ("I only speak for CDU!") would like to end with a painful act of balance.

On the one hand, he wants to make the CDU "again" attractive to a green environment, which supposedly had a house in the party long before the greens: "We used to have the XY deputies in the faction," recalls Merz, who was already small occurred after the Napoleonic occupation of environmental protection.

On the other hand, he wants to move the party to the right, without naming it that way. He calls this a resurgence of the CDU to "conservative values" by Christian democracy "without any doubt for the rule of law and ensures that the law is respected." Here, too, he remembers better times: "You know, I met another man like Alfred Dregger," he was also successful.

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Merz defends a CDU as a "party of Europe", for "healthy patriotism", for more rule of law and "internal security". One hears the noise of the Christian Democrat, closes his eyes and sits around the year 2000, when Merz suddenly leaves the cat out of the bag.

"To this day, the issue is not clear," he says toward those "value conservatives" who have become infected with unhealthy patriotism, "on what legal basis were the borders really opened?" Just so, what would be the AfD legend of a frontier opening in its reality.

Fortunately, Annalena Baerbock does not let her go through this negligent framework. Patiently, the Co-Leader of the Greens explains the joke of the Schengen space, in which there are no limits and there is no "opening" at the height of the dramatic migratory movements of 2015 so there is no doubt.

The chancellor blames, they did not close the borders militarily at that time, but Merz does not want to. It was a wonderful "human gesture" – whose singularity he would like to care for in the future.

Presenter Will (M.) with his guests

NDR / Wolfgang Borrs

Presenter Will (M.) with his guests

The original question about the division of the country is swift about the East and the West. Baerbock speaks of disused stations, among other things, in whole regions "people not only feel disconnected, they are What Merz plays with a sincere look at railway stations in the Sauerland: "This is in West Germany, but also!"

Anyway, we have "prosperous regions in many parts of the country", not everything is bad. East and West? "We all underestimate how long this integration process takes," says Merz – as Manuela Schwesig (SPD), PM Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, has been waiting.

His flurry of examples, where the GDR has had an attack, is so great that, in the end, Merz only tries to get out of the case with such an absurd phrase as "I've always been a defender of polyclinics." And yet, hey, "Was everything really that bad?"

The candidate gets completely defensive after Will asks, "Why do you think you can achieve this like, pardon, rich middle-class Besserwessi (…)?" He already "has an idea" of how normal families live, Merz points out, and he also does not mention his foundation for "disadvantaged children" in which my wife and I also contribute private money. "

But Baerbock is already in full swing and explains in reference to the company, Merz as a project oversight board: "It can not be that Blackrock manages more assets than some states!" To which Merz replied with a twinkle that he works in a similar capacity with "a toilet paper maker."

Schwesig goes "ad hominem" and attacks the man, toilet paper or not, now directly. He had "traded" in a company that actively helped with massive tax evasion. In her former job as a tax researcher, she had also realized that large companies could easily walk, while toll tax officials asked passengers to "now be 70 or 65 miles by car to work."

"They made a cash register" – Merz deprecating and does not want to justify his professional success. On the other hand, he would like to return something to the state, after all, he did his two state exams at public universities.

It is a shame, however, that as a gentleman, he simply inserts Schwesig's rhetorical low blow ("I do not envy you by your private aircraft!") Instead of choking back. I could have given such a good debate on what's out there in the money – parking, fuel and taxes for at least one Cessna from Friedrich Merz or a private school for Manuela Schwesig's eldest son.

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