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Chancellor Angela Merkel and Armin Laschet in Duesseldorf, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Duesseldorf, Germany, Aug. 18, 2020 (AP photo by Martin Meissner).

Can Armin Laschet Lead Germany’s CDU Into the Post-Merkel Era?

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021

BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s preferred successor, Armin Laschet, might have won the leadership of her center-right Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, but he still faces an uphill battle to lead the country’s most powerful political force into a general election in September—the first of the post-Merkel era.

Though it was billed as a tight race, Laschet comfortably won Saturday’s intra-party election to succeed fellow Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as leader of the CDU. After a close first round earlier in the day eliminated reformist candidate Norbert Rottgen, Laschet rallied to win a runoff against Friedrich Merz, a right-leaning businessman and erstwhile rival of Merkel. The party’s rejection of Merz for the second time in as many years marks a resounding victory for the chancellor’s political legacy, staving off a lurch to the right on a host of issues from immigration to LGBT rights. ...

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