Battle to be Merkel’s successor divides Germany’s CDU and CSU

Battle to be Merkel’s successor divides Germany’s CDU and CSU

The Guardian

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Duel between Armin Laschet and Markus Söder threatens sister parties’ delicate symbiosis

A heated struggle is under way between two leading German politicians over who should stand as Angela Merkel’s successor as chancellor candidate in the next election, with the conservative alliance under pressure to choose between a consensual team player with a reputation for pliability or a charismatic political all-rounder in the populist mould.

The eyes of political commentators are fixed on a meeting of the CDU/CSU’s parliamentary faction on Tuesday afternoon, which insiders said would not yet vote on a candidate but might produce more clarity. The rivals Armin Laschet and Markus Söder are expected to participate and to hold discussions on the sidelines.

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