The year 2023 will be a test for Frederick Merz. the CDU-The president does not stand for election in the state elections of Bremen, Berlin, Hesse and Bavaria. But the victories of the state associations always rub off on the leader of the party. This is all the more true for defeats.

And Bavaria, the federal state in which ECU ruled? triumphant prime minister Markus Soder, should have an important say in the political future of Merz. Söder against Portas again, this time not with Armin Laschet, but with Friedrich Merz.

Then it also tests whether the title of Merz’s biography “The Unbowed” applies not only to the past but also to the present. After reading the more than 300-page book by freelance journalist Jutta Falke-Ischinger and Daniel Goffart, chief reporter for the “Wirtschaftswoche”, there is no doubt about it.

Anyone who wants a complete picture of Friedrich Merz as a person and his search for the core of the brand. CDU want to do can not avoid work. Because it is also clear to Merz. It’s not enough to distinguish yourself as a businessman and keeper of conservative silverware. There is no way to win an election.

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With great care, the authors immersed themselves in the early years of the Sauerland. Friends, teachers and Merz’s wife talk about life between the shooting club, the Catholic students’ association “Bavaria Bonn” and the house of the lawyer’s family. The fact that Merz had to change schools and repeat a grade should surprise many. In any case, Merz was not as good at Latin as Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Jutta Falke-Ischinger, Daniel Goffart: The Handsome
Langen Müller Verlag
Munich 2022
240 pages
25 euros

With enormous detailed knowledge, authors Falke-Ischinger and Goffart allow readers a behind-the-scenes look at politics, including the completely broken relationship between Merz and Angela Merkel. After the lost federal elections in 2002, Merkel and Edmund Stoiber expelled Merz from the chairmanship of the Union parliamentary group and offered him the post of Bundestag president in return.

“It was boiling in Merz,” the authors write. “He felt betrayed by Merkel, but above all by Stoiber. The two of them had come up with a great idea! No, not with him! He, in any case, would not think about the post of president of Parliament for at least ten years, he called Merkel and Stoiber, struggling to keep his composure.

>> Read here: With these issues, the CDU wants to add points with the citizen

The book is largely written with benevolence, but it also touches on Merz’s wounds. Your Time in the World’s Greatest Wealth Manager Blackrock occupies only a few pages.

Much has been written about it in recent years, and Goffart and Ischinger summarize the results as follows: “Despite intense work…after months of investigation, nothing came of Merz’s activities of what is known.” could indict the CDU politician”. do.”

In the end, Ischinger and Goffart pose a central question that will help determine whether Merz is the right candidate for CDU chancellor in the 2025 federal elections. Both express what many around them dare not say outright. Merz does not look good in public and on talk shows.they have evident deficits in women and young people.

The perfect complement

Merz would only need to take a look at his national dashboard to remedy the situation. There is a lot of potential to compensate for its weaknesses described by the two authors. One of the meanings here is Joe Chialo. He’s Member of the national board of the CDU and successful music manager.

He is a fan of Friedrich Merz. Above all, with his coolness and enthusiasm for culture, I find him the perfect match for him.

Behind it is a life full of events, which he himself revealed in his book The Fight Goes On. My life between two worlds, ”he says. The title is a motto that his father gave him and that helped him overcome many difficulties.

Joe Chialo: The fight continues
Editorial Murman
Hamburg 2022
200 pages
24 euro

The family is from Tanzania. Joe Chialo, the son of a diplomat, was born in Bonn in 1970. That sounds very privileged at first. But he and his brother spent many years in boarding school, often seeing his parents only at Christmas. There was no money for travel.

After an apprenticeship as a cutter and a lot of hard work in the music industry, the big breakthrough came. Today Chialo deals with artists like Santiano, Ben Zucker and the Kelly Family.

If Merz finds time, he should read Chialo’s political demands, which can be found as fictional speeches among the impressive biographical parts. It is about values, diversity of opportunities and Africa. Issues that in times of populism, xenophobia and hate and hate speech on social networks could also become the key to the electoral success of his party.

More: Read What’s Coming: These are the highlights of the book in spring 2023

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