Armin Laschet: Germany's centrist successor to Merkel?
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As the leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since January – Germany’s biggest party – Armin Laschet always had the strongest claim on paper to be the centre-right bloc’s candidate for chancellor in September’s elections. In the end, he beat off a formidable challenge from rival Markus Soeder from the allied Christian Social Union (CSU). This gives Laschet the best chance of any politician to succeed outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel – who was also CDU leader when she became chancellor. Laschet has already indicated that he would continue Merkel’s legacy and tread a path …

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