Weak crisis management: AKK admits initial error as CDU chief

              Tuesday, November 19, 2019

              Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is currently under great pressure – and is especially criticized by her own party members. In an upcoming TV documentary she now admits comprehensively mistakes. She talks about the European election campaign, restructuring and how to deal with the Rezo video.
              Just over a year after taking office as the new head of the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has acknowledged bad crisis management as well as content and organizational weaknesses of her party. In an ARD documentary, which will be broadcast on 2 December, she will first miss failures in the European election campaign in the spring. According to Krist-Karrenbauer, she stated that "she did not push forward the restructuring in the CDU headquarters after her taking office." "There was an old team – and there was a new team." This was not a one-stop election campaign. " That was the campaign to be noted. "That was a real mistake," said the CDU boss. In addition, her party was initially misrepresented in the discussion on action against climate change: "We have learned some bitter lessons from CDU," she said. "The first lesson was what happens to a party that is not programmatically up to date on a big, important issue – and that's climate change." In addition, she has caught the video "The destruction of the CDU" of the Youtubers Rezo in May cold: "The decisions on when we respond, how we react, have fallen in an incredible rush, where each of the participants always between two campaign appearances just five minutes Had time to talk to each other. " Kramp-Karrenbauer admitted: "That was fundamentally wrong." "The reaction was catastrophic." "We should have had to react very quickly to the video from the beginning," said the CDU chairman. "It would have been irrelevant, which reaction, it would only have to be done very quickly." According to the SWR preliminary deregistration, CSU Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer judges the CDU's response to the Rezo video even more sharply. "The reaction was catastrophic, totally awkward," he said. "Later, trying to answer that with a video, once from the CDU, then from the CSU – that just was not good." Kramp-Karrenbauer commented on the poor crisis management in her early days as CDU chief: "That's natural This can be seen in survey results, which of course you can also see in discussions in the party. " Kramp-Karrenbauer added: "One party, the CDU in particular, always wants a chairman, of whom she knows: It's up there, I can count on that, that makes no mistakes." Kramp-Karrenbauer was born on 7. December 2018 elected as new chairman. She prevailed in a run-off election just against the former Union faction leader Friedrich Merz. The documentary "The Emergency Government – Unloved Coalition" is to be broadcast on 2 December.

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