At the end of September, the Germans go to the polls. In any case, it will be a historic election, because for the first time in decades, Angela Merkel’s name will not be found on the voting form. The counselor is on retirement.
Merkel’s succession as leader of the Christian Democrats has been turbulent, to say the least. It took Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union several years to finally find a suitable new president. Ultimately, in January, the choice fell – somewhat unexpectedly – on Armin Laschet, Merkel’s loyal Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia. Although the man has a popular problem with the general public, he is allowed to lead the CDU in this important election year.
But CDU is not alone. Since the 1940s, the party has formed a united list with the CSU, the sister party found only in the state of Bavaria. CDU covers Christian Democracy in 15 other states. But let CSU have a president who is popular all over Germany: Markus Söder. And that Soder now wants to draw a list of the unit. “If the CDU supports me, at least,” Soder said.
This position is very important, because the candidate for the position of Christian Democrat advisor has a very good chance of becoming the next German chancellor, Merkel’s successor.
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