BERLIN – The German christian-democrats to choose Friday as their new leader. For the first time in eighteen years, will ’mutti’ Angela Merkel is not a candidate as CDU chairman at the party congress in Hamburg. They will still be chancellor to continue.
The German bondkanselier Angela Merkel is not a candidate, as party chairman.
The most promising candidates are the secretary general of the CDU and former prime minister of Saarland Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (56) and the former head of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Friedrich Merz (63). Also minister of Health, Jens Spahn (38) is one of the better-known candidates.
Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merz and Spahn have in recent weeks on eight regional conferences of the CDU in the German federal states is presented. Polls show that Kramp-Karrenbauer and the most support among CDU supporters. It is also the preferred candidate of angela Merkel.
Bondsdagpresident Wolfgang Schäuble has openly spoken in favour of Merz, in particular, by the conservative partijvleugel strongly supported. Spahn is only considered as an outsider.
Merkel was the CDU leader since april 2000. In the autumn of 2005 she was chancellor of the Federal republic of germany. They ruled the largest part of the time in so-called grand coalition with the social democrats, only from 2009 to 2013 she led a ’zwartgele’ alliance with the liberals.
CDU-successors for Merkel in neck-and-neck-race