Armin Laschet to be German centre-right's candidate for chancellor
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Markus Soeder has conceded the race to lead Germany’s conservatives into September elections, handing victory to rival Armin Laschet as the centre-right bloc’s candidate for chancellor. Laschet’s win puts him in prime position to succeed Angela Merkel, who is stepping down in autumn after over 15 years in power. “The die is cast. Armin Laschet will be the chancellor candidate for the Union,” Soeder said on Tuesday, referring to the conservative bloc, which comprises Laschet’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and Soeder’s Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU). Speaking alongside Soeder, CSU Secre…

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