With Laschet the CDU will tank in East-Germany, as the SPD already does....both of their top league personal, their heartlands and most of their voters, are western....the East doesn't really exist for them (besides some empty sunday speeches), that will show in their policies and their election results.
He is "Merkelianer", totally approved by "her", with him the movement of the CDU to the left will keep on going...no change, no new "Aufbruch" whatsover. Not what the country needs!
Additionally to that the CDU base was against him, the leadership had still decided for him, going against the majority of the CDU delegates...the split with the base is deep already. That too is potential for a coming conflict sooner or later...
I believe in Europe of independent nation-states connected together with a free trade agreement.
A free trade agreement isn't going to cut it if Europe wants to keep its seat at the top table in the new world order....that's the problem!