When he ran as the top candidate in the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2012, he should have made it publicly clear whether he would remain Federal Environment Minister in Berlin or move to Düsseldorf in the event of a defeat, said Röttgen of the "Zeit" supplement "Christ & Welt" . He did not want to talk about it at the time to avoid the impression that he was not betting on victory.
“But the perception was worse: He doesn't say it clearly and doesn't commit himself. That was a mistake. And one of my lessons from it is: You have to be clear on important issues. ”The CDU finally clearly lost the 2012 election. Then Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed Röttgen as Federal Environment Minister. In politics, the ego plays a role, according to the CDU politician. “It is the privilege of the politician to be able to translate his opinion into law? serving the cause, but just the way he sees it. ”The ego could also be dangerous. "The clear line is when I break away from pursuing the cause," he said. "The bigger the me, the smaller the politician."