In late autumn, CSU party functionary Gabriele Pauli began publiclyI lived in Germany for a couple of years. Bavaria is definitely its Yorkshire or Texas. Bavarians like to think they are still an independent state. Economically it is a powerhouse and has a standard of living most of the rest of the country can only dream about. The leadership contest which is about to take place is important as the CSU leader is invariably the second most important person in Conservative politics in Germany. If Angela Merkel fails, the CSU leader will be among the candidates to replace her as the CDU/CSU Chancellor candidate.
questioning whether Stoiber should continue at the head of the party. Stoiber's chief of staff then began making inquiries into Pauli's personal life,
apparently looking for a scandal which could be used to silence her. Pauli
caught wind of the "spying" and it exploded into a full-fledged affair soon
after she went public. Stoiber's poll ratings began dropping soon thereafter --
so low in fact that had a vote been held last Sunday, the Social Democrats (SPD)
might even have won in the state. The CSU has governed Bavaria virtually
unchallenged since 1946.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Conservative Leader To Step Down
If you think leadership fights in this country are vicious, try taking a look at the way German politicians fight things out. Edmund Stoiber is the leader of the CSU in Bavaria and has been Bavarian Minister President since 1993. Stoiber has indicated he would stay in post until 2012, but this caused such a row that last week he announced he would stand down from both positions when his current term of office comes to an end in September. Der Spiegel says...