With his own press conference – Spahn steals Laschet the show – domestic politics

Was that planned …?

Actually, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister, the new CDU boss Armin Laschet, and Health Minister Jens Spahn play in a team – at least when the CDU is chaired. But in the public perception, the minister drives the country chief into the parade again today.

BECAUSE: While Laschet’s speech was already firmly planned for today’s political Ash Wednesday (February 17), Spahn also stepped onto the podium.

The actual plan: On Wednesday morning there should actually be “only” the showdown at the political Ash Wednesday. In addition to Olaf Scholz (62, SPD) and Annalena Baerbock (40, Greens), Armin Laschet, Markus Söder (54, CSU) and Christian Lindner (42) competed in a digital verbal exchange of blows.

Spahn and Laschet fight for spectators

Then the surprise: Spahn calls a spontaneous press conference about an hour in advance!

Spicy: Exactly at the moment, his former partner in the fight for the CDU chairmanship, Armin Laschet, is giving his speech on political Ash Wednesday.

Photo: Private

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Appeared simultaneously on different platforms: Jens Spahn (above) and Armin LaschetPhoto: Private

The whole attention of the political audience first went to Berlin for Jens Spahn’s press conference. BILD reporter Paul Ronzheimer was also no longer so sure of the harmony between the two former “team mates”.

While Spahn announced at his press conference that the corona mutant (B.1.1.7) first detected in Great Britain, according to new data from the Robert Koch Institute, is now found in 22 percent of all positive corona tests, Armin Laschet conjured up in his speech on political Ash Wednesday the unity of the Union and his hope for success in the super election year 2021.

He repeatedly praised CSU boss Markus Söder for his political work in recent months. Söder managed to make the CSU strong again. The party has long been experiencing new survey highlights. He added: “Germany without Bavaria and the CSU, that’s something I don’t want to imagine.”

After Spahn and Laschet had finished their speeches, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder took over the helm.

In the “living room of the CSU”, as he called it, he sat in front of the Munich panorama – and next to a “Star Wars” figure of the droid R2D2 (bottom right). Not quite traditionally Bavarian, he only drinks Cola light from the beer mug during his Ash Wednesday speech.

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Markus Söder in the “CSU living room” during his speech on political Ash WednesdayPhoto: BILD

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