The race to succeed Angela Merkel as the 2021 chancellor candidate for Germany’s biggest political bloc has come down to the two men who also happen to be the two most powerful state premiers in Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia’s Armin Laschet and Bavaria’s Markus Söder . The stakes could not be higher. Whoever wins this week would likely become the favorite to be Germany’s next chancellor after September. Both are the current leaders of the two parts of the conservative alliance that has dominated German politics since the foundation of the Federal Republic in 1949: Laschet heads the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), while Söder runs its Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). A week of tense negotiations is now underway, with observers wondering who will break rank first. Watch video 02:10 Share Who will succeed Merkel? Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3ru8h Germany’s conservatives: Duel for chancellor candidacy Their personalities are different. Laschet, much like Merkel, has built a reputation on careful compromise in his premiership of North Rhine-Westphalia, a huge state that is home to almost a quarter of Germany’s population. He is a staunch CDU loyalist, who for many years was seen as Merkel’s ally, defending her less popular policies. Söder’s political career,… Read full this story
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