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Guttenberg 'the future' say young conservatives

The Local · 14 Oct 2010, 08:30

Published: 14 Oct 2010 08:30 GMT+02:00

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Philipp Mißfelder, head of the Junge Union, told the Leipziger Volkszeitung that the middle road that the Christian Democrats (CDU) had been following was turning off conservative voters.

Amid dwindling support in the polls, Merkel is under intense pressure, with some conservative commentators recently speculating about whether she may be forced out.

The party had to show a clear, conservative direction and refuse to let the issues being pushed by the ascendant Greens party gain centre stage, Mißfelder said.

“We have to shift focus to our own themes, like economic competence, finance, family and education,” he said.

Ahead of the youth organisation’s annual conference in Potsdam this weekend, at which both Merkel and Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer will be guests, Mißfelder also made it clear that he saw Guttenberg, who belongs to the Bavarian sister party of the CDU, the Christian Social Union, as the best hope for the future.

With his modern but clearly conservative orientation, Guttenberg was the “best political guarantee of survival for the union and defence against the Green zeitgeist.”

“Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, with his great credibility, appeals to many non-voters and former voters, so that in a very short time he has become an indispensable bearer of hope,” he said.

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The theme of family will be the focus of the Junge Union conference this weekend.

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09:11 October 14, 2010 by proclusian
This is pretty funny. Who was the guy some years back, just before the 2005 elections, who tried to elbow Angie out or suggest that she wasn't fit for the job?

Yep, you can't remember his name because he is now a political has-been.

Let's bet. Who will still be around in January 2011? Angie, Mißfelder, or Guttenberg. My money is on Angie. Mißfelder just made a fatal mißtep.
15:23 October 14, 2010 by Major B
As a non-German observer of course I respect the wishes and decisions of the German people in a democratic process. And I am an admirer of the modern "Iron Chancellor", Frau Merkel. But just watching Guttenberg manuever, the issues he takes on, the way he does it, and his ambitiousness -- it just seems the guy is destined for greatness. He and his wife make a superb looking couple, and she is politically active too. I'll go out on a limb and say this from an international and non-German perspective -- if he were to achieve the chancellory it would look great for Germany and they WOULD be among the top 2 or 3 world class political couples. Maybe the German young people are on to something!!!!!
23:03 October 14, 2010 by Cincinnatus
Major B - A very insightful observation.
23:39 October 14, 2010 by Incredible14U
Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg Baron of the Holy Roman Empire

is one of his titles. Think on this....he will be remembered for eternity.
02:24 October 15, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
Major B - are you kidding me??

Guttenberg is an arrogant ruthless right-wing lobbyist who is going to sell the country out to a plethora of different lobbies worse than Merkel would ever be capable of.

And his wife is a self-centered moralizing feminist who is trying to win brownie points by exploiting the issue of child sexual abuse to her own personal advantage.

If that is "greatness", then I am sorry but I think greatness means something different to you than it does to me.
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