The CDU wants to be more feminine. But when it comes to introducing a quota for women, opinions differ. The leader of the Merz party now proposes a time limit for pacification.
Berlin – CDU leader Friedrich Merz supported the introduction of women’s quota in the party. By means of a compromise proposal, he wants to promote the acceptance of the proposals approved by the then CDU leadership in September 2020 at the party conference in Hannover in September.
Therefore, by mid-2025, this indicator should gradually increase to 50%. According to Secretary General Mario Czaja, Merz’s proposal envisages the expiry of the contingent and its evaluation at the end of 2029. Thanks to the new regulations, the CDU wants to become more attractive to women. So far, according to Czaja, 25 percent. party members are women.
After consultations with the highest committees of the CDU, Czaja said that Merz had already indicated several times that the amount was the second best solution for him. At the party conference in early September, the president now wants to promote the compromise and recommend it for approval. “We expect the participation of women in the party to be much higher,” said Czaja. Hopefully there will be no further discussion on this later.
In other parties, women’s quotas have been set in various ways for many years – for example, in the Greens or the SPD. Statutory anchorage that should force state-level parties to fill their electoral lists alternately with men and women, for example in state elections, has failed in several Länder due to court rulings.
There are still different views
CDU circles said that Merz had united various camps with his proposal – the Women’s Union (FU) and the SME and Economic Union (MIT) could live with it. With a time limit and rating, there are no winners or losers. FU spoke out in favor of the quota, while MIT opposed it. Czaja admitted that there are still different views on quotas in the party. The 1001 delegates at the party congress would have to make a decision.
Before the meeting, MIT withdrew its request to conduct a membership survey on the quota of women. Yet MIT chairwoman Gitta Connemann clung to her rejection. She told Bild newspaper, “We need more strong women, but we can’t get them by quota.” It has also been heard from the Junge Union (JU) that there is still great skepticism about quotas. The head of FU, Annette Widmann-Mauz, expressed her respect for the fact that Merz supported the quota proposals. This is a sign that he is trying to take everyone to the party with him.
The proposal of the Committee on Structures and Statutes was already approved in September 2020 by the then party executive. However, due to the pandemic of the crown, the changes could not be decided by the party conference. This should now take place at the delegates’ meeting on September 9-10 in Hanover. The proposal envisages that by 2025, starting with the elections for the county board, the women’s quota should be gradually phased in to 50%. It also includes a 50 percent cap for the top ten places on the list for state, federal and European elections.
Due to the delayed vote at the party conference, the CDU board has now changed the deadlines for the introduction of the quota. 30 percent limit is to apply on January 1, 2023, and 40 percent. One year later. As before, the limit of 50 percent. it should be reached by July 1, 2025. According to the Merz proposal, the quota should expire on December 31, 2029.
Lower Saxony CDU leader Bernd Althusmann supported the quota proposals. “As a modern party, we must be cosmopolitan, relaxed and relaxed about this,” he said. The people of Germany have “problems other than seeing the German CDU contradict this point.” The new national parliament will be elected on October 9 in Lower Saxony – Althusmann should not be interested in discussing the quota of women overshadowing his party’s election campaign.
“CDU must become younger and more feminine”
Hesse Prime Minister Boris Rhein, who, as the successor to Volker Bouffier, took part for the first time in a meeting of the CDU federal leadership, called the women’s quota only the second best solution. However, something urgently needs to be done about the under-representation of women in leadership positions. “The CDU must become younger and more feminine.”
He advises prudence and calm on this topic. The quota question should not obscure the much more important question of how the CDU positions itself as a people’s party.