“The vote is unequivocal. We have the confidence of the people to continue to form and lead a government in the future, »said Wüst on Monday when he arrived at the consultations with the top CDU committees in Berlin. He will now approach all democratic parties “to talk about how we can tackle the big issues of our time, how we can forge an alliance for the future that tackles the big issues in a trusting and reliable manner”.
“Yesterday we had a great election result in North Rhine-Westphalia for the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia, a clear government mandate,” said Wüst. When asked if he had already phoned the Greens, who are considered a likely government partner, the CDU politician said: “We were all on the same plane.” State politicians traditionally travel to Berlin on the Monday morning after state elections to attend meetings of the top bodies of their federal parties.
For NRW as a strong industrial state, the upcoming talks will be about “reconciliation between climate protection and industrial jobs”, said Wüst. Other future topics are “the best educational opportunities for our children, internal security and better, clean mobility”.
When asked what the federal CDU around the new leader Friedrich Merz could learn from his success and the election victory of CDU Prime Minister Daniel Günther in Schleswig-Holstein a week ago, Wüst said: “I am very grateful for the great support, which I received from the entire Union family, from all state associations, from the federal party. This is a great joint success.”
Wüst, who like Günther is regarded as a representative of a young CDU, was reluctant when asked how he would define a modern CDU. When you step down from government office, “of course it’s always a bit of pragmatism, because you have to solve people’s practical problems every day.” Wüst added: “The others are probably simply attributes of a generation in the middle, late 40s.” On the subject of how modern Merz now has to make his party, Wüst said: “Oh, we’re doing quite well.”
According to the preliminary official result, the CDU won 35.7 percent of the votes on Sunday (2017: 33.0). The Greens posted extreme gains, almost tripling their result to 18.2 percent (6.4). The Social Democrats, on the other hand, fell to their historic NRW low of 26.7 percent (31.2). The former governing party FDP lost more than ever in a state election in North Rhine-Westphalia and ended up with a weak 5.9 percent (12.6).