The CDU politicians Philipp Amthor and Daniel Peters on Wednesday in Schwerin
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The CDU in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is starving. In surveys it stands at 18 percent, and the chairmen change almost every year. Why is that?

MEcklenburg-Western Pomerania is actually a conservative state, but the CDU still has its back to the wall there. The SPD has been in the state chancellery for around 25 years. In the most recent state elections in autumn 2021, the CDU slipped to third place and achieved its worst result ever with just 13.3 percent. There are also major personnel problems. The chairmen change almost every year.

Julian Staib

Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.

Daniel Peters, previously general secretary of the party, now wants to take over the chairmanship at the state party conference in May. He would then be the fourth party leader in just four years. Peter's election is considered certain; there are no opposing candidates. But his designated successor as Secretary General is surprising: CDU member of the Bundestag Philipp Amthor is to take over the office. Peters and Amthor announced this on Wednesday in Schwerin.

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