Berlin mayor beats back challenge, smoothing way for Bundestag run

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller beat back an inter-party challenge on Wednesday, clearing the way for his potential election to the national legislature next year.Although Mueller is set to give up his job as mayor – which gives him the same powers as a state premier – he had not planned to leave politics and had put his hopes into becoming the candidate for Berlin’s Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf seat for his centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).But those plans encountered some unexpected turbulence when another SPD member – Sawsan Chebli, who runs the city’s civic engagement office – announced that s…

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