“German CDU cannot exist without the C”


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Anyone who abolishes the Christian element from the CDU cancels the party itself. That is the opinion of the German conservative politician Thomas Rachel. Together with politician Norbert Lammert, he emphasised the importance of the C at the 70th anniversary evening of the CDU/CSU Protestant working group.

In Rachel's opinion, the 'C', which stands for Christian, is the party's foundation for reconciling social, liberal and conservative views. That is reported by PRO. Therefore, he calls the 'C' the "identification core of the party and a "dignity and burden" for German citizens. Rachel: "Committing to the 'C' means accepting to be a Christian in all areas of our lives and finding the courage to take on a specific responsibility."

The politician says that he cannot imagine a society without Christianity. He thinks that a community like that would be "cold, hostile and extremely unpleasant."

Former Bundestag President Norbert Lammert argues for an "intelligent connection" between state and church. He says that the historically grown separation must be maintained but that the two will always be connected. Lammert earlier called for the "C" to be carried "as a flag, not just in the name."

Debate about the "C"

Earlier, there was debate within the CDU on whether the "C" should be kept in the party's name. The argument then was that the "C" would exclude non-Christians from the party. Party leader Friedrich Merz decided that the "C" was an integral part of the party and should not be removed.

The Protestant Working Group of the CDU and CSU recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. It was established in 1952 to strengthen the Protestant voices in the two Christian parties.



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