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Merkel's party 'not attracting women'
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Merkel's party 'not attracting women'

Published: 08 Apr 2012 10:41 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Apr 2012 10:41 GMT+02:00

Issues that concern women must be given more attention, to try to get them to join the party and vote for it at elections, according to Thomas Strobl, the party’s leader in the south-western state of Baden-Württtemberg.

Speaking this weekend, just over a year after the party suffered a historic defeat in his state in an election which handed power to a Green-led coalition, Strobl pointed to figures which showed the CDU obviously needed more than a woman chancellor to attract women voters.

He said of the 70,000 or so CDU members in the south-west CDU, only 22 percent were women. In the federal party things were not much better, with only 25.6 percent of the nearly 500,000 members being female.

“For us, this was very clearly shown in the state election results. But in fact it is a problem for the whole of the CDU,” said Strobl.

The state leaders of the party recently turned against a childcare subsidy policy being promoted by the CDU’s Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union. It would pay out money to parents who did not send their children to state-subsidised childcare options, and has been criticised as creating pressure on women to stay at home.

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13:44 April 8, 2012 by Englishted
I have a idea why not a quota system?

Along the lines of a quota of the number of reps the C.D.U and the C.S.U. have in government ,a figure I would like of the top of my head is null .
18:47 April 8, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Women often dislike other women politicians. Hillary Clinton was cursed with a divided Democratic base her entire career, not because of men, but because of women.
16:30 April 16, 2012 by nemo999
At first I miss read the headline, I thought it said that there were no attractive women in Merkel's party, and I was thinking how is that news, but the there a few attractive women in the picture provided, the question is are they party members?
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